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When what’s meant to heal starts killing!

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - September 12, 2016

All opinions expressed are author’s personal.

Why sport in first place? A lot of amateur athletes I dare say Masters amateurs took up sport at the young age of 30s, most of them didn’t have the opportunity to compete since school or college, then family, professional life got in the way. Now with the running, fitness boom in India and globally there is more access to training, and racing. While it’s a boon for majority people to stay fit, it’s now become a curse as somewhere amateur athletes have lost the ability to enjoy the sport, hence causing more despair, than happiness. Continue Reading

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Fifteen for the road

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - January 14, 2016

I have been running for a few years now. When I look back, it’s tough to believe how clueless I was about everything running. I used to run in “lifestyle” shoes, wear regular cotton shorts, a regular bra and called my first 5km a “marathon”. (don’t believe me? check my FB post!)

Here are some things I thought can help you if you are new to running –

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My first 5 km ‘marathon’

1) You can start running whenever you want to, it doesn’t require any skill or technique, at least not in the beginning and if you are only doing it to maintain basic fitness levels.

2) Find running buddies – Running in groups or with friends makes it easier and definitely more fun. But do run alone at times (only if you are running in a safe place), it’s meditative.

3) Running gear – Buy some bright and good fitting running gear. It always peps you up.

4) Invest in the right stuff – Invest in a good sports bra and the right pair of running shoes. Trust me it’s an investment.

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The gear! adidas supernova tights and Boston Boost shoes

5) Run-Walk-Run is perfectly normal and at times desirable. It’s not something to be ashamed of.

6) Register for a 5km/10km, 3-4 months in advance as it will motivate you to keep at it.

7) One doesn’t necessarily have to graduate to a half marathon. Don’t feel the pressure of doing one. There are enough and more exciting 5km and 10km events. And that’s enough to maintain basic fitness levels.

8) Remember no one looks like a “runner”. One doesn’t have to look like one to run. Shed your inhibitions. Stop thinking about how you look while running. Trust me all non-runners will be in awe of the fact that you had the courage to get started.

9) Be shameless in flaunting that you ran a certain distance. How many people can say they ran a 5/10/15/21km? Remember you earned your bragging rights.

10) Create an awesome playlist of your favourite songs to carry along with you on the run. But at times listen to the sound of your foot pounding the ground, it’s beautiful. (But get rid of the head phones if you are running in a secluded place or where there is too much traffic. You need to be alert).

11) There is nothing called a “fast” runner. You will always be faster than someone and slower than someone.

12) One doesn’t need to run everyday. I run only 3 times a week even when training for a half/full marathon. But I do yoga and bit of strength training whenever time permits.

13) Eat a banana/dates 45 minutes before a run. Drink electral/ORS on hot days.

14) There are days when you will be super charged and there will be days when you feel completely sluggish. Run anyways.

15) Respect your body. If pain persists for more than 2 days, it needs your attention.

As you begin your journey, you will learn a lot about yourself and your body on the run. It will make you curious and you will wonder why you were not doing it all this while but it’s never too late. Attaching a video of a nun who started running at the age of 48 and is the oldest person to have completed a Ironman (run/bike/swim) within 16 hours.

Iron Nun on the Run

You might also like https://momontherun.in/thisgirlcan-so-can-we/

 

 

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An Ironman is much more than Gold, Silver and Bronze

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - July 22, 2015

Disclaimer – This is meant to be a congratulatory note as well. I’m just wondering aloud about how so much misinformation is floating around. When Scoopwhoop and Firstpost can get it right, why not others?

I have utmost respect for Milind Soman for not only preparing and completing Ironman triathlon in the first attempt but for being such an evolved human being. A super model in his younger days to using his celebrity status positively to get women to start taking their health seriously. And coming up with a beautiful (and much needed) concept of Pinkathon where thousands of women proudly walk/run their first 5 and 10 kms. Yesterday, when an acquaintance walked up to me and said this year I definitely want to run 10km in Pinkathon and needs my help in training, I was like “wow, this is it”.

But then I heard a popular RJ on 98.3 FM say “Milind Soman world ka sabsey tough Ironman race jeet ke aaye hai” and Indian Express headline read “At 50, model-actor Milind Soman wins Ironman title in ‘‘toughest’ triathlon in Zurich”, I was beyond amazed. Now, most of us in running/cycling communities are aware that even attempting, being at the start line of a full Ironman, irrespective of your age, in itself is a huge achievement. It involves 3.8 km of ocean swim, 180km of biking and then running 42.2 km back to back within a stipulated cut off time. No wonder it’s called “Ironman”, even though a lot of women also participate and complete it (that’s a debate I will keep for later). 10609650_1530320693869937_1244388974474336706_n

But what about the rest who have no clue about how marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons function, which is also the majority of community listening to the radio and reading the paper. Completing it is one thing, winning such a title is a different game altogether. Elite athletes win these titles after putting in years and years of hard work. And then there are a lot of other Indians who participate and complete such events internationally. Case in point, there were 4 more Indians who did complete along with Milind Soman in the Zurich triathlon, one of them finishing his 12th such event.

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not taking away anything from MS’s achievement. I hold him in very high regard. I think he’s one of the coolest celebrities that there is and still gush like a little girl when I get clicked with him.

It’s just that I have a tendency to believe when the “facts” are stated on better radio channels and newspapers. This is something I was aware of so I didn’t have to research to get my facts right. But what about all that I don’t know about. Is everything on media done to generate traction? What part of information I’m consuming is true and what is not?10565099_1530321033869903_8900765744755411717_n

 

 

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