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Excuse me, while I crib about my shoes!

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul - Anupriya kapur - September 14, 2015

There is scarcely anything more engrossing to watch than displays of sheer strength and endurance. What is even more pleasurable is when one comes across absolute raw talent. Untainted by the glitter of sponsorships, modeling contracts or media coverage. I came across something of the sort recently. I saw a 40 year old Haryanvi man climb up a tree and do what looks like splits in the air while holding on to the not-so-thick trunk of the tree with nothing but his extended hands. I can’t imagine what kind of core strength it requires to be able to do this. I asked him for a repeat performance so that I could make a video on my phone. I didn’t realise he would anyway be doing reps!

I ended up talking to him about how he does what he does and his dead reply was “Bas ji bachpan se pedh chadan ka shaunk se” (I love climbing trees since my childhood days), to which his friend or lacky (not quite sure) chimed in saying “re ji jab inka mann karein hai to is parak ke pachhis se tees (25-30) chakkar bhaag lete hai pedh chadne se pehle” (he runs about 25-30 rounds of the park at times just like that). The track is one kilometer long. He was wearing a shirt, trousers and torn keds. These are people who do it for the sheer love of what they do. Not for events or time or medals or certificates or staying in shape but because they must answer a voice within or may be it’s just a way of life.

A friend of mine had written a poem a while back which was from the perspective of these super talented but lesser fortunate athletes – it’s too profane to post here. It was about what they must think when they see us in our shiny dri-fits, our headbands and our writstbands, our bright water bottles. I already give away all event t-shirts, used shoes, and whatever other running paraphernalia I may or may not have use for. But in that moment I was hit by a sinking realisation of how far it is from enough. And how little else there is that I can do about it.

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Why Mom Runs?

Marathons, Parenting - Anupriya kapur - August 13, 2015

Now that the “running season” has started and most of us are out on long runs during weekends, it got me wondering how our kids really view us and our running. What exactly is their perspective on this little hobby of ours! So I asked ten runner moms and this is what their little ones had to say. I can’t deny I had fun making this post. Cute and candid responses 🙂

Please click on the artwork to read, it will open up and click on it again to enlarge (this is the best I could do, sorry for the inconvenience!)
Just in case you are not able to click the image, here’s the text –

Vaishali Kasture   Son (7) – Mom runs because it makes her very happy.

Seema Pillai Daughter (11)“Office is boring – so you want to have some fun”. Son (13) — ” Because you want to be fit and happy”.

Priyanka Sehgal Mehta  Son (8) – because she wants to be fit.  Daughter (5) – because she wants to bring medals and certificates home.

Preeti Daughter (11) “My mom suffers from a disease known as mad person disease. She claims she runs to keep the craziness away. Which sort of proves my point about mad person disease. My message to all you kids out there who have moms who run – I feel you”

Sangeeta Son (11) Because she likes to run and so that no clothes are SMALL for her.

Sonia Son (11 ) She is always running against time to manage home and work. Now she runs on roads to help her remain fit, release her tension and encourage others.

Tanya  Daughter (4.5) – She likes to run because she likes to eat well and sleep well and then become strong.

Nipa Daughter (10) – to escape from her kids, but we always catch up. Son (8) To stay healthy and be able to keep up with us.

Sayuri Son (10)  because she not get angry on me. 2) because she likes to wear running clothes. 3) because she like to be fitness.



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