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An injury is an opportunity

In my article, ‘5 stages of grief’  (read here) I had discussed the emotional turmoil we go through when we are injured. But what if you are out of the running scene for really long? I have been out  practically for the last six months except a few decent 10kms and 5kms.

I have come to believe that an injured runner is like a caged animal. No matter how you might treat it, it will never be truly happy until it is set free.

However, this time around I have not struggled to reach the “acceptance” stage. Of course, it’s everything to do with how I choose to deal with it. I have finally realised that running is life long. It’s a way of life rather than short term obsessive goals.

So here are some of those things that help me and might just be of some use to you:

1) Find another recreational fitness activity – And there are plenty only if we runners are ready to give  it a fair chance. It’s ok to not be out there for everything you choose to do. For me it’s stationary cycling which I find extremely boring but it’s safe and at least it tires me out.

2) Shut off yourself from running whatsapp groups if it’s making you feel miserable. Even though I’m still a part of it, I rarely ever check it. Continue Reading

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How I met Jonty Rhodes

For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - March 14, 2016

Last evening I was invited to a small get together to celebrate the success of The Outdoor Journal (all things outdoor, adventure and active lifestyle since it’s launch in 2012). I was apprehensive as I didn’t know anyone except the founder of the magazine, and that too I had met him only once. Or may be apprehensive is not the right word, I was intimidated. I was expecting to meet snowboarders, mountaineers, extreme skiers and the maximum I have done in the name of adventure is attempt a 50km run on an active volcano (Mt Pinatubo) in Philippines and called it quits at 35km! (And no I don’t consider my Bhati 50km and full marathons adventurous enough).

In any case, I decided to face my fears and go. I’m so glad that I did. 15 minutes into the conversation with new people, someone asked if I wanted to meet Jonty Rhodes and I thought he was pulling a fast one on me. I couldn’t believe my luck. I walked up to him, introduced myself as a blogger and had a 15-20 minute conversation. The gentleman that he is, he naturally steered the conversation towards running the moment he heard momontherun! He is working closely with South African Tourism and mentioned how there is an impressive increase in the number of Indians participating in Comrades (89km), even though personally he would like to see more people participate in the Two Oceans Marathon (56km) – a distance more fathomable and a very scenic route. He was curious about why SCMM is bigger than any other marathon in the country as Mumbai doesn’t seem very conducive to running and why very few women opt for full marathons in India. He also mentioned that he can’t and doesn’t want to go beyond 5km which I was very surprised about given his fitness levels. We discussed about a few more things but what struck me was how humble he is and how easy it was to talk to him. I had felt similar after meeting the ultra marathon running legend Scott Jurek. What makes them so humble about their talent, hard work and achievements? Is it the sport which does this to them? Or is it that you need to be grounded to channel your talent the right way? Oh, and not to mention, he is still as hot as he is charming and he is a surfer too.

I met a few very interesting women too and hoping to write about them at the soonest.

 

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Everyday Heroes – Inspirational Women Runners

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - March 9, 2016

Honestly, Women’s Day has no relevance for me as I feel everyday is everyone’s day irrespective of the gender. However, it definitely gave me an excuse and the push (lazy as I am) to pay an ode to ‘everyday’ women who are an inspiration to many. I have listed their profile in text below in case you want to look them up on social media and follow.

Manisha Khungar – A swimming coach for the last 20 years. Triathlons are new to India and she has coached some of the first triathletes from our country to achieve their dreams.

Christine Pemberton – She is a blogger and I love her very quirky sense of humor. She started running at the age of 60 and has already done two full marathons and several half marathons. And yes she is usually a podium finisher in her age category in most marathons.

Avani Vora – She is a mother of twins and a Pilates instructor. She has inspired many women to make fitness their way of life.

Bhumika Patel – Apart from her regular 9-5 job, she’s out there helping women achieve their running goals be it through Pinkathon or otherwise.

Zareen Siddique – She is a mother of two (15 & 5) and can give a run for her money to any 25 year old. Apart from being a runner she specialises in Post Natal fitness training.

Ratna Verma – She is a teacher, she is an excellent baker, she’s fitter than she even looks and did I tell you that she is a mom to two teenagers as well.

Kavitha Kanaparthi – I have admired her since the day I met her for her courage to stand up for what she believes is right. She is the only woman race director in India. What’s the big deal? She has created some of the toughest and truest international standard ultra marathons in the remotest places in India.

Nirupama Singh – Forget about the fact that she is a mother to two young adult boys, she has a kickass PB of 1:39 for a half marathon and 3:48 for a full. She is also a zumba instructor fitness coach.

 

 

 

 

 

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Get your brave on

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Parenting - Anupriya kapur - January 2, 2016

When I became a mother 8 years back, it was a validation of my existence. It was as if I got to justify my right to occupy space on this earth in that very moment. And I lost myself in motherhood. The best way to describe it would be that I started “decaying in the gentle state of happiness” (quote borrowed from my favourite book). The only thing was that I wasn’t happy. I was making myself believe that I was. This realisation made me restless and I didn’t know what to do. To a lot of people, my life might have even seemed ideal. But I was being pulled in to a deep dark hole of misery and self pity. And I started finding comfort there. I saw myself as completely worthless once my son started spending more time in school and the park. I became extremely negative and didn’t think I was capable of anything including being a good mother.

Running saved me a lot of times but an injury took that away from me (for a few months) and that’s when I hit rock bottom. I realised that my home baking venture which had started as love for baking turned into waiting for appreciation from others. So when anyone smirked at my idea of baking as a business, it deeply affected me. I had never believed in New Year resolutions till then and was one of those people who make light of it. But two years back on this day, I decided that the only way to save myself was to turn my life around. I didn’t share my resolve with anyone as I was scared of being made fun of. No one took me seriously in any case. I was supposed to be this happy-go-lucky person with whom nothing could ever go wrong and could never be lost. It was a tough call to give up baking. I started meditating at home for 20 minutes on my own every day (Pranic Healing). I used to think meditation is a fancy thing rich people did. I don’t think I have ever been more wrong about anything in my life. I started forgiving people and myself for everything wrong that had happened in the past. I cried a whole lot. But I felt strangely light. It’s tough to describe that feeling unless you go through it yourself. I started looking at myself and situations more objectively, became less critical of myself and prepared to fail.

Around that time, I also started my blog with the hope of inspiring women like me to do something for themselves and to save themselves. The blog got noticed in more than one way and I started getting a bit of content writing work. It is a constant struggle to write when you are low but I didn’t want to give up this time, this was my only chance. I started receiving mails/messages from a lot of people(men and women both) that my blog is inspiring them to take up fitness/running and to revive their passion, which inspired me further to keep at it. I also realised that with so much happening I started to become a more understanding mother. And now all I want for my son is to feel loved and create his own journey.

In 2015, I got a lot of content writing work, I blogged more frequently, took good care of my son, have done several races (injury free!) – 2 full marathons, several half marathons, several 10kms, paced at Bengaluru marathon and my blog got covered in a national daily 🙂

I might not have achieved anything significant but enough to keep me going. At times, I feel a strong pull to go back in to the dark hole and trust me it’s very tempting but I have managed to kick its butt on most occasions and will continue to do so.  But it all started with one resolution on a cold winter evening and some very supportive people.

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