Posts for recreational runners

5 mistakes newbie runners make

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - May 17, 2017

This article has ben written by me and first published on The Hindu on 15th May 2017.

What to avoid, how to pace yourself and when to simply push on

When you first start running it’s quite like falling in love. With yourself. You discover a little more about yourself on each run: “I can’t believe I ran five kilometres without a single break!”, “I never thought I could be so strong!” You might discover that you enjoy running on your own, either just being with yourself or the state of zero that you go into when the rhythm of the run takes over. There are many reasons to get addicted to running. And enough studies have proven that running can be one of the most addictive sports. Continue Reading

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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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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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We can be heroes, just for one day

For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - October 23, 2015

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love my Ultra Boost, perfect for long slow runs

Beaming with pride at the start line of Bengaluru half marathon with my 2:45 pacing flag tied to my waist, I was all set to pay back to the running community. I had a running buddy help me out with a perfect pacing plan (which eventually fell apart on the event day and that’s a story I would like to keep for another day).

I saw the faces all around – excited, nervous, apprehensive, scared, sleepless – for most runners in my bus, it was their first half, the only thing on their mind was that they wanted to finish the run in 3 hours or less. Most had not run a distance beyond 10km. That’s when it hit me. I had done my first half in 2:50, I had not trained much, was over hydrated, bloated and by the 15th km, I had wanted to kill someone yet it felt like the greatest achievement ever. 12109775_1210493648965724_5631013820408471990_o (1)

Somewhere along the way I had started taking being able to run certain distances with ease (fast or slow, it’s all relative), for granted. It obviously requires effort and discipline each and every time but since I have been running consistently, a 21 km had stopped bogging me down. While I was encouraging others, constantly talking to them, motivating them to keep moving, I was reminded of where it all starts from and where I had been a few years back. I felt a sense of immense gratitude for all the other runners who’ve helped me by giving me right advise, helping me with correct training plans, pep talks and training with me. 12032839_1211652642183158_2755513215581734754_o

We are all recreational runners at the end of the day and instead of cribbing about how most of us “new runners” are not training enough or doing the wrong thing, we need to help each other out. Of course personal goals are important but once in a while everyone can be a pacer.

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with a happy finisher 🙂

 Some comments I received on my mail which made my day – 

“Hi Anupriya – My aunt and I ran the Bangalore half last weekend, and I believe she clung on to your 2:45 bus for a while. She finished just behind you guys, but was extremely impressed and grateful for your encouragement. She said that unlike other buses she has seen, you were extremely encouraging and took the effort to push other runners one by one. Just wanted to reach out and thank you so much”.

“Thank you for pacing 2:45 bus. It was nice running with you some distance. And your encouragement and motivation for the last 4km was awesome. I was able to finish in 2:40:54 (Garmin) time. I was not able to thank you personally after the run. A big thank you. Keep running keep writing and keep inspiring. Cheers.”

“It was lovely meeting you at the Bangalore marathon and running with you. Though I slowed down after the 15th km. Thanks for all the tips and the inspiration to do better. Keep rocking and I will be following your blog more closely! “

 

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