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Better, Faster, Stronger

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - February 10, 2016

‘Fast’ is a relative word when it comes to amateur long distance running or probably everything else in life. I did my first half marathon in 2010 in 2:55! And the next one in 2:28, before I had to take a break for 2 years. But I came back stronger; my timings have only been improving in the last two years, from 2:09 at ADHM in 2013, 2:03 in 2014 to 1:50 in 2015. I have been getting better even though I’m running lesser, way lesser than I used to. I was thinking of certain things that I did differently (accidentally) to improve and it’s only fair that I share it on my blog –

1) I have accepted that with the kind of erratic work schedule, I probably can’t follow a routine. Earlier I would miss out on my workout if I missed out on a certain fixed time I had decided for it. Now I fit in a work out whenever I get time through the day. It could mean doing the planks in the morning post dropping my son to school and doing the calf raises in the afternoon when taking a 10 minute break from work.

2) For the last six months, I have been doing (or try) 3 reps of planks (45 seconds each) 4 days a week.unspecified (10)-01

3) I spend 10 minutes on doing basic weight training for upper body 3 times a week.

4) I have been doing calf strengthening and sitting squats whenever I can (3 times a week). Click here to see the videos. I will be adding more.

5) Once a week I run 5 kms as fast as I can. I never time myself as I don’t want it to stress me out.

6) I concentrated on improving my timing for 10 kms rather than for long runs.

7) I get massage done for my legs once a week. But I don’t do the fancy ones as I find them too expensive. A simple massage by a girl who comes home and does it, works for me.

8) I consume one gel before the start and one during the half marathon.

9) I was lucky to have figured the shoes which suit me the best. Boston Boost  it is for now.

10) During warm days drinking electrals/ORS during the runs instead of any other drink has made a huge difference in recovery. Recently, I  tried Recover (post my runs) by FastandUp which worked wonders as well.

11) Post run stretching by way of basic yoga poses – Warrior pose, Downward Doggie, Dhanurasna, boat pose, reverse boat pose and Viparita Karani.

I hope this helps. Do share what works and what doesn’t work for you.

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Boston Boost – A reivew

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - December 1, 2015

In the movie Pink Panther 2, I remember Steve Martin going in to an ecstatic frenzy as he takes the first bite of “ambaagar (hamburger)”, and that’s exactly how I felt the first time I ran in my  Boston Boosts. It was pure love.

*Check his expressions at 2:18.

In the last two years, I have had many running related injuries.  This led to my coming close to dreading runs. And runners know how crabby that can make you. My Nike Free served me well, so did Pegasus but they were never perfect for me.

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close to 18th km at ADHM 2015

I know that shoes are not a cure all, but it does factor in a lot. The shoe itself doesn’t make you a better runner, but it can encourage a certain foot strike or can remedy things like over-pronation (which I did to some extent) – all important injury prevention aspects.

I have wide but small feet (UK size 4) and these fit me like the perfect glass slipper. Having suffered so much in the past, I was very skeptical but after my gait analysis, I was told by Dr Rajat (a renowned sports injuries doc) that neutral shoes is what I need. These don’t have extreme cushioning but are not minimalist either.

I don’t really know what heel drop etc. means. I just know what feels right and makes me forget that it is something external or something I need to keep worrying about. This one is light, fits right and gives my wide feet and big toe space, to breathe. I have been alternating it with Ultra Boost (neutral shoes with more cushioning) for longer and slow runs. I haven’t had the problem of black toe nails or blisters despite having done several distances between 15-20km.

For the last few months, I have also been doing basic strengthening exercises for my legs that Doc Rajat advised me about (I will make short video clips and share soon enough).

I did my Pinkathon 10km (my personal best 53:16) within a week in this pair, then MCM half marathon (1:54) on Nov 1st and my personal best at ADHM (1:50) on Nov 29th to be repeated again two weeks later at the Grand Prix Run.

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Types of Runners

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Ankit Chatterjee - November 20, 2015

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Running ke side effects!

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - September 21, 2015

Every weekend as I lace up my Boston Boost for long runs, I get so much more out of it than just the satisfaction of being able to push my body. We are all equals when pounding the pavement and in our sweatiest best its easy to shed the inhibitions and connect.  I tried to make a list of some of the things I could think of, please feel free to add more.

Friends for life – It’s tough to make good friends as you get older. It’s tougher to break ice and even tougher to show your vulnerabilities. But it gets easier when you are already meeting on a common ground. I have made some very good friends since the time I started running in groups.

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Partying with the running buddies is a whole lot of fun. For one, I like looking at how different we can all look!! And it’s like we understand each other. The conversations usually start with “How’s your foot/ankle?” to “What event are you doing next ?” to  “Let’s drink a lot tonight ok, we can’t for the next few months as ADHM/SCMM is coming”.

Soft networking – They say running is the new golf! When I was baking commercially, I got the first set of cake orders from my running buddies. And now a few clients for my content writing bit.1524042_1457624537801707_872612907_o 1014012_1462801253950702_167645169_n

The best breakfast places – I would have never discovered (or just the inertia would have made it impossible) the best tapri chaiwaalas (with mathi of course), Andhra Bhavan, Karnataka Bhavan, Throttle Shrottle, Roots, Sarvana Bhavan, A2B and Sagar, had it not been for running.10646950_10152808204236948_7677933782971634553_n

Constant source of inspiration – I no longer browse through books to get inspired. I see it every time, in each and every runner. The happy selfies do not reveal what they have been through or are going through, it takes courage and perseverance to be there despite all odds and that is enough for me to keep going.

Explore the city – Had it not been for running I doubt I would have ever explored the beautiful trails and parks in Gurgaon and Delhi. Manger trail, Bhati trail, Sanjay van etc are the only few places where I get to soak in nature.1779291_10151862868445388_708465251_n

 

The details – Life moves at an easy pace and I tend to observe much more while running, like the beautiful lamps hanging in someone’s balcony, an elderly woman enjoying a hearty laugh on the swing or the children playing pithu on the streets.

 

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“What’s in a time?”

Marathons - Anupriya kapur - November 24, 2014

I ran in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, the much awaited running event of the year, yesterday.

The weather was perfect, the atmosphere electrifying and buzzing with energy and  the event was impeccably organised. High-fiving the runners on the way, looking at the Kenyans and Indian elite runners fly by, pausing to look at Rahul Bose and the Blade Runner, enjoying the beats of the dhol – I felt strong and happy during the 21 kms stretch.

But then the moment I reached the finish line, I kept hearing only one question – “Kitna?”. It was as if the whole stadium had just one conversation going – finish time. Is finish time the only thing that matters?

I understand we all have our target finish times and share them with our close running buddies. But is that all? Wouldn’t it be nicer and warmer to ask “Did you feel strong?”, “Did you enjoy your run?”, “How are you feeling post run?”, “Did you enjoy your first?”. When you meet in person, aren’t these better conversation starters? Bragging aur liking ke liye toh facebook hai hee.

By the time I was asked the same question the 10th time, I got cranky and started giving ridiculous responses. Running to me is sacred. Running is my form of recreation and fitness. Running is solace and meditation.

While we all may have started running for different reasons, those who have stuck to it certainly did because of our love for it. Somehow that love doesn’t come through in the post run/event conversations. It’s overtaken by just one aspect of the sport – time.10310561_10152882653921948_4501012351559824505_n10154371_10152383565750388_848184028553776981_n

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