The best part about running as a recreational sport is that it is inclusive. That probably explains its popularity the world over. Anybody can run, it’s that simple. And the more runners I meet, I realise how therapeutic it is and how it forces you to take note of yourself. For me, it was as if I connected with myself for the first time when I started running. Even pregnancy had failed to do that for me. However, nowadays it also comes with a lot of noise and commotion. There is pressure of what races are you signing up for, your finish time, how much you are running in a week etc. It feels good initially as a new runner but slowly the pressure builds up. Of course, it’s great if you want to improve continuously and important to strength train to remain injury free but it’s not ok to constantly compare yourself with others. Continue Reading
For me Decathlon, Sohna Road is a hop, skip and a jump away. I go there often to shop, but it has been limited to whatever my son needs. So, I have always known how well stocked they are for practically every outdoor or indoor sport and even for equipment for less popular sports such as combat sports, roller sports, horse riding, nature sports, target sports, water sports etc. However, it is one thing to see all the products and wonder what one does with them and the other to actually listen to the people who has been avidly using them.
CONTEST Closed – What would you like to say to your sports bra? Leave in comments and win a voucher from adidas. I would like to say “Don’t let me down :)”. The last date for entry is 26th Oct.
Thank you all for the interesting enteries. The winners of this contest are Shilpa and Shalz.
I can probably write a book on bra and sports bra woes that women face in India. I’m extremely passionate about it and get equally excited when I find something which fits like a dream. I had reviewed (read here) adidas training Olympic sports bra earlier. I still love that one and use it extensively, however, I had mentioned that I long for an encapsulation bra. Looks like someone heard my plea. This beauty is perfect for high-impact sports to control your every move. It has a scoop neckline with a bit of a plunge meaning it won’t be visible over racer backs (even though I don’t mind showing it off as it comes in lovely bright colors). Encapsulated cups ensure that boobs are not squeezed and look feminine and round. It’s a high support bra so that women won’t have to focus on movement when running or even while doing high intensity exercise.
The material is breathable yet it still has an insulating factor making this a good option when weather starts to get chillier. The design is perfect for women who wear larger cup sizes and need more support. And women who are narrower in the rib cage but bigger on the chest will love it too. Even though I have only done mid distances in it, I have done high intensity CrossFit and I can safely say that it’s the best I have ever used. No chafing, comfortable fit, good range of motion and complements the shape of my boobs. It’s priced at 2,799/-, so it might seem a tad bit expensive but then again it’s an investment and a good fitting sports bra is hard to find, so I would honestly suggest you to give it a try.
PS – Head to adidas stores in CP N block or South Ex if you are in Delhi, Indiranagar if in Bengaluru and Linking Road if in Mumbai.
A year back I would have said a straight ‘no’ for trying out an air purifier. However, I changed my mind after the bout of severe cough and congestion last year post Diwali and Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. According to WHO, India has half of the world’s 20 most polluted cities when it comes to PM2.5 particulates in the air and of course Delhi tops the charts.
But the prospect of one more device, one more remote, one more thing to keep clean wasn’t very inspiring but looks like Xiaomi’s Mi Air Purifier 2 has taken all that in to consideration. Continue Reading
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.