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The Dark Side

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - May 30, 2017

One of the biggest revelations during my recovery period from injury last year was that I had become obsessed with running. It was bordering an unhealthy obsession. The very thing that had given me my self worth was now controlling it. I started feeling worthless when I didn’t or couldn’t run. And that wasn’t right as “I’m a runner” didn’t define me wholly. That’s why, when I joined CrossFit to strength train, I already knew where to draw the line. To keep it 3 times a week, an hour each was my goal and I have stuck to it happily. It’s a method I have chosen now to stay fit and running will forever be for the soul.

When I look back and look around, I realise that there is a fine line between passion and an unhealthy obsession. And when I say an unhealthy obsession, it’s nothing to do with the distances one wants to train for. I have met enough and more passionate runners training for 160km and yet take life as it comes. While I have written a lot of fun articles on running and some on how running transforms you as a person (read here), this one might come across as a little harsh.

Here are some signs I really think one must watch out for and it’s not limited to running, biking or CrossFit –

1) Getting irritated if you miss a run or workout because one of the family member is sick. It might seem extreme but I have known someone who was going crazy because she missed her gym for 5 days as her child was sick.

2) When rather than being at peace, you feel life has come to a halt when, for some reason, you are unable to run longer duration.

3) You push yourself to train despite being constantly fatigued or severely injured. “No pain, no gain” isn’t always true. I did that because that’s the only thing I knew and then paid a price for it. Wearing knee pads and continuing to run rather than taking a break to fix that knee, can be really harmful in the long run.

4) When it feels more like a chore. Yes there are some bad runs/workouts and good runs/workouts but most of the time a workout or run should leave you feeling good. That’s a definitive one, if you don’t feel good after a run, give it a break.

5) Trying to squeeze in mileage by compromising on sleep. Sleeping 6-7 hours is really important. Training/workouts need to be balanced and missing one day here and there isn’t going to kill you.

6) When you are tempted to deactivate or actually deactivate social media channels as you feel miserable about missing out.

These are just somethings which came to my mind and I know list is long.  But let’s not forget that

Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind
The race is long and in the end, it’s only with yourself
– Baz Lurmann – Everybody’s free (to wear sunscreen)

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Why CrossFit Keeps You Coming Back For More

Fitness, Fitness related, Lifestyle - Anupriya kapur - January 31, 2017

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” George Orwell

It’s been over three months since I joined CrossFit and I attend the sessions three times a week. I haven’t let any other commitment come in way of my sessions till now. I’m truly hooked. I used to love working out on my own but something has changed. And that forced me to think and write about what about CrossFit is working so well for me.

1) I’m gaining upper body strength. And that’s something which is completely out of my comfort zone. In fact, I don’t think most women in India end up concentrating on upper body strength. Pull ups, push up, rope climbs – who would have thought?

2) At this stage of my life, I’m unable to commit long hours to running. And as of now, I feel 3 sessions of per hour in a week, with couple of half an hour of walks here and there, is enough to stay strong and healthy. I don’t have to worry about anything. It’s like I have to just show up and push myself to my capacity. I don’t have to think. And that’s one stress less for me.

3) Unlike gyms, CrossFit doesn’t concentrate on certain body parts. It’s about overall movement and strength. A toned body is just the “side effect” of being dedicated to your workouts and good food. While it feels great to look good, the feeling of getting stronger is unmatched.

4) The workouts never get boring. It’s been more than 3 months now and so far never have I repeated the same routine. Sure, there are certain exercises we do regularly but every routine is a surprise. Sometimes it’s a circuit and you are timed, sometimes it’s a set time and you see how many maximum rounds you can do. Sometimes you’re running, sometimes you’re rowing, sometimes your are skipping. Sometimes you lift heavy, sometimes you go for reps.

5) It’s competitive in a very healthy way. How much I’m able to lift or push myself for a certain workout is completely on me. My instructor understands me and I just need to concentrate on my improvement. Surely, I’m awed by all that’s happening around but the environment is such that it never comes in way of my workout.

I’m still not sure if I will combine running with CrossFit. Or I will strength train enough before I give CrossFit a break and start training for a half marathon. As of now, I can run 5-10km at an easy pace whenever I want to so that’s keeping me happy 🙂

 

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Jump Jump

Fitness, Fitness related - Anupriya kapur - April 7, 2016

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The most toned I have ever been!

It’s been more than a month now that I have been facing a runner’s block. I’m scared that I can’t run long distances any more. I haven’t done any long run this year except the one 10km in Feb. All I’m able to manage is a 5 km two times a week. At the same time, I have started baking a lot which means I’m also a eating a lot. Instead of constantly beating myself over it, I had to find something apart from running in order to keep my sanity. So for the past one month, I have added skipping (jump rope) once a week to my routine. I started with 200-300 and have moved up to 500-700 with a minute’s break after every 100 skips. I started it as a fun activity as I used to love it when I was a young girl. But then I got talking to some instructors and got to know that it is one of the best activities for –

  • overall body strengthening – calves, upper back, shoulders.
  •  good for the heart
  •  An alternate, more engaging way to burn calories
  •  improves core strength
  •  Improves agility coordination
  • Body toning

Like any other workout, warm up and cool down is essential and once again I learned it the hard way when I felt cramps in my calf. Also, replenishing salts post workout is essential, so I do consume electral or Fast & Up. I don’t do it too fast or too much (at least as of now), and love the way my body is toning up and things it’s doing to my upper back. I use a basic jump rope and instead of doing it on a concrete surface, I do it in the park on a less grassy patch.

I have been given a challenge to learn Double Unders (some intense form of jump rope) in 15 minutes by a Crossfit crazy friend. I will be sharing the video soon. And whether this will help me as a runner or not, I will only get to know once I start running. Sigh.

Note – Before trying out intense workout, do get your annual check up done and get a go ahead from you doctor. 

 

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10 K plan by Jatin Arora

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Ankit Chatterjee - February 10, 2016

Jatin is the founder and Head coach of BootCamp Yellow, Gurgaon. He’s a certified personal trainer, crossfit level 1 trainer, barefoot and rehab trainer. 

  1. Start it slow and steady, don’t try to run too much too soon.
  2. Follow the plan and ask questions to your trainer if ever in doubt.
  3. Discipline, hard work and consistency is the fuel of a strong runner.

You can download the 10km training plan. Follow this plan once you are comfortable doing a 5km run.

 

Beginner 10

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We need to talk

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - October 30, 2015

Runners evolve. There are some that take off on a moment’s notice, do a 50km and nobody ever knows about it except the trees and the birds. And they have my absolute respect and admiration. But for us lesser mortals running is about sharing. And talking. Lots of talking. Understandably, it can be annoying to non-runners. I thought this video captured this quirk that we all share wonderfully, “First Person To Run A Marathon Without Talking About It“. Watch it if you haven’t yet as it pokes fun at all of us. We all love talking about it and we all have our reasons,  here are some I could think of, would love to hear yours –

1) Only 1% of world population has ever run a full marathon. Beat that.

2) If you can talk about how much fun you had scuba diving or doing crossfit or zumba or about your vegan meal then I can talk about running.

3) If I didn’t talk about it, did I actually run it?

4) How do I inspire (or at least think I’m inspiring while actually I might be quite irritating) if I don’t talk about it?

5) I love the look on people’s faces when I say I ran 42.2 km.

6) Because I don’t know how to shut up if 4-6 months of my otherwise mundane life is devoted to it.

7) Running releases endorphins – endorphins get people (me) talking. Simple.

8) Makes Murakami happy. What you haven’t read “What I talk about when I talk about running”?

9) When I talk, I set targets and when I set targets with other people I do my damned best to keep them.

10) It’s one of the better ways to connect with people with common goals.

 

 

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