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You are still a runner

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Running Related Injuries - Anupriya kapur - August 4, 2017

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

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Likeability Vs Success

Guest Blog - Anupriya kapur - May 3, 2017

Over the years, many women have asked me how to navigate the conundrum  between likeability and success. This made me dig deeper to try and understand what the true problem is and why does it appear to be acute in case of women Vs men.

As men achieve success in their careers, they seem to become very naturally more likeable and popular but in case of women, it’s a mixed bag and in most cases they become less likable and in many cases are labeled as  a “bit****”. Continue Reading

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No more apologies

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul - Anupriya kapur - April 6, 2017

I face the problem of camel toe in most of my workout tights. In fact, for the longest time I rejected most of my workout tights because of that. It got me thinking that instead of comfort, women have to think about so many things when they should be concentrating on just getting fit. What’s worse is when I did a google search on camel toe most links that came up were on “How to hide the camel toe?” or “How to avoid embarrassment of a camel toe?”. So, here’s the list of things, I feel, as a woman, we should not be embarrassed about and ensure we support other women rather than shaming them. 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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Please Don’t Stop The Music – 2

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - August 19, 2016

In my last playlist I had shared some very thought provoking songs (check out the list here). And now I’m back with some popular and some different songs.

  1. I think whatever comes out of his mouth becomes a hit. Even more fun than this song is the various choreography people have done all over the world on this song.

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What gets a runner going

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - June 1, 2016

CONTEST ALERT – What as per you is a good/fun gift for a runner? Share in the comments and you can win a Frap belt (3 giveaways). 

Whoever said running was a cheap sport was so wrong. Even though, I still believe that a good pair of running shoes and, in case of women, a sports bra, is all one needs to start running. But slowly the greed creeps in. And we runners love any and all gifts related to running and some we are absolutely crazy about. So here’s your guide to buying that perfect gift for any runner you are close to, depending on your budget of course.

Frap Belt

I was quite apprehensive about having a waist belt but I also feel the need to carry my phone, cash and car keys when I’m out. I gave it a shot recently and I didn’t even realise I was wearing one. It comes in nice bright colors and black. Priced at 1,399/-, Frap is an excellent gift especially for women.

The Frap

The Frap (Image Courtesy – Vivek Gupta)

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Please don’t stop the music

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - May 20, 2016

I had shared some of my fav songs that are a part of my running playlist, in one of my previous articles (read here) and it’s time for part 2.  Even though mostly I love listening to pumped up music during my runs, there are days I just want to listen to music which moves me and stirs my soul . I have put together a list of tracks (Hindi and English both) that really do it for me on an emotional level when I run. They are all thought provoking tracks that take your mind on another plane. I would love to explore this further and get some suggestions from you. And maybe a playlist on my MP 3 player while you are at it 🙂 Continue Reading

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Chocolate Banana Cake

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - May 10, 2016

I always stock bananas (runner syndrome I guess!) in my house but during summers they obviously ripen very quickly. But of course, ripe bananas are perfect for baking. Chocolate Banana cake is wonderfully moist, soft and a bit dense. I like my cake without frosting but if you are looking to serve it as a dessert, you can top it with some chocolate ganache (click here for recipe).

And surprisingly my son loves it too. Now to the easy peasy two bowl recipe –

Flour – 125gm

Sugar – 200gm (granulate after measuring)

Cocoa  Powder -37/38gm

Bananas – 11/2 medium size or half cup post mashing (riper the better)

Baking Soda – 3/4 tsp

Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp

Water – 120ml (slightly warm)

Milk – 60ml

Oil – 60ml

Egg – 1

Vanilla Essence – 3/4 tsp

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  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees for 8-10 mins.
  2. Mix/sieve together all the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
  3. Mix together all the wet ingredients and mash the banana into it (I do it with a fork).
  4. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together.
  5. Pour the mixture in a greased pan lined with butter paper.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes (mine was done in about 38 minutes) at 180 degrees C in a 8 inch square or round baking pan.

Remove the cake from the baking pan after ten mins. Let the cake cool down on the wire rack as shown below in the pic.

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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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Darna Mana Hai

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - March 11, 2016

CONTEST ALERT (Open for a week)

We all fear something. However, most fears are unfounded and irrational and runners’ fears even more so. I thought of some things and I know there are a lot more, so please free to add them in the comment. The strangest, weirdest and most honest fears stand to win adidas goodies 🙂

1) The GPS watch losing signal specially on a day when you know you are running strong and possibly gunning for a PB.

2) Forgetting to apply vaseline on the race day – It’s a valid fear for all men out there. I mean no one wants to be seen with bleeding nipples. Honestly, I get a secret kick out of seeing men suffer because women always fear getting their periods on the race day!

3) Forgetting how to run – I know it sounds strange. How can anyone forget how to run? But when injury forces you to rest for months, this fear creeps in and I’m like did I ever run that much? What if I can’t anymore? How does one run so much?

4) Uphills on the race day or training, it’s the same. They suck. I fear them usually on a race day and detest them on all other training days. I know of a very few runners who actually enjoy them.Fears

5) Waking up late on race day – The fear is so genuine that most of us don’t end up sleeping only.

6) Will we ever move on – Most of the times, I think we don’t even know realise but this fear of not making progressing distance or speed wise, is lurking somewhere deep down.

7) Forgetting to carry the bib – I’m not the kinds who pins her bib to her tee the night before so you know I’m freaking out most of the time next morning.images (2)

8) Fear of being over taken by the runner you know who has been slower than you are, in the past. Come on let’s accept it, it’s true.

9) There are times I fear what if I’m not able to run at all because I’m too old or for any other reason. What’s going to keep me sane then? What am I going to do?

10) FOMO – Fear of missing out. Two good events on the same day in the same city? Damn this social media is making life tougher.

 

Contest Winning Entry – Congrats  Neetul Mohanty 🙂

Her entry –

My sole goal while hitting the last 5 kms of a marathon is to look like a bad-ass heroine of an action thriller where my perfect sprint with “chariots of fire” playing in mind is going to save the world from destruction but that dream is near to impossible. Real picture unfolds a saga of helplessness and agony. I cant feel my hands anymore and my feet is puffed and my face has a silent plead of “help me, I am dying” look and I believe my stomach and lungs are shutting down. I just want to find the finish line before the vultures find me. My dream stride call it perfect sprint is reduced to a wobbly walk on wreckage of two legs and wait what do I see ahead, my biggest fear.My family with cameras flashing on me and loud cheers and claps of “Yo girl, Go Champion”! Freak man, the self proclaimed champion of the family has been caught not just walking but almost stumbling like I am drunk and to tell the story forever are pictures of a ghastly crazy looking woman with sweat patches at the most inappropriate places.Complete freak show.

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