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Yoga for runners – 1

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - June 28, 2016

In one of my previous articles (read here), I had requested Radhika to point out basics to remember while practising asanas. My second session with her was about the asanas which will benefit us runners. I will break this article in to couple of parts as it seems like there are far too many we can benefit from. No wonder, I was exhausted by the end of it. Continue Reading

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Apple Cake with all the good things

Recipes - Anupriya kapur - February 2, 2016

I run or bake when I’m stressed. And since I haven’t been running this month, I’m back to baking quite a bit. And Apple walnut cake is something I love in winters. It is loaded with apple chunks, raisins, walnuts and cinnamon powder. The batter is thick, easy to make and barely covers all the apple chunks which have gone into it. I love it with a cup of black coffee or tea. And yes I like to believe that it makes for an excellent snack for runners. (Sorry about the picture quality, all clicked with my basic phone).

Apples – 450 gms (net weight)

Flour – 195gm

Sugar – 150 gm (granulate it post measuring)

Butter – 85 gm (use a pinch of salt in case of non-salted butter)

Eggs – 2 (room temperature)

Baking powder – 11/2 teaspoon

Vanilla Essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon Powder – 1 teaspoon

Raisins – 50gms

Walnuts – 75gms

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Place walnuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes at 180 degrees C or until lightly brown and fragrant. Remove from oven and coarsely chop.

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, granulated sugar and cinnamon powder.
  2. Add eggs, and melted butter to the flour mixture and whisk well (I did it with the hand blender).
  3. Peel the apples and cut into bite size pieces (size of 2 square lego pieces size!)
  4. Add the apples and dry fruits. Mix well.
  5.  Pour the mixture in a greased pan lined with butter paper.
  6. Bake for 40-50 minutes (mine was done in about 50 minutes) at 180 degrees C in a 8 inch square baking pan.

Note –

The batter is really thick. You will have to use a spatula to spread it evenly.  Keep all the ingredients ready before you cut the apple. You can squeeze a lime so that the apple pieces don’t get brown.IMG_20160202_153959 (1) IMG_20160202_142206

Disclaimer – This is not my recipe. I had got it from the internet 3-4 years back.

 

 

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Types of Runners

Fitness, Fitness related, Marathons - Ankit Chatterjee - November 20, 2015

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Loving the “likes”

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul - Anupriya kapur - May 12, 2015

The team

“The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good intention”.

FB is often criticised for being addictive, wasting our time and filling us up with trivia we don’t really need to know. I read recently how Instragram and FB are causing depression as we continue to live in our “unfiltered” reality, however, what we see is the “almost-perfect”, “filtered” reality of others’ lives. And that we are all thumb warriors, constantly pressing the “like” button, as if “liking” something is going to make any difference. I also have been someone who’s wary of participating for “causes” on social media simply because I’m not sure whether it can be trusted or not.

That belief was recently shattered. With good intentions and conviction, one can make a difference, however little it might be. It is solely on the basis of this conviction, couple of runners I know, set out to raise funds for a 3 year old boy going through his 4th chemo for blood cancer. They went and met the boy personally to verify. Even though the visit to paediatric cancer ward broke their heart but the resolve to help got stronger. They decided to organise a run called Strength for Vedansh and because of factors like Mother’s Day and runs for the Nepal cause we (I was chosen as a volunteer) were left with only 5 days to make the event happen. We had to raise four lakhs, and to be honest, we weren’t very hopeful. It was entirely through a FB page which got “likes” from friends and friends’ friends, that the word spread. About 100 people showed up for the run last Sunday (some registering on the spot) and rest contributed online (even from Australia and UAE) and offline. Everything fell in place and sufficient funds to help the boy’s family were raised.

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Major DP Singh (India’s bladerunner)

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with Vedansh’s dad, Vineet on the mike

For all its evils and all its ‘negative’ influence, social media has the power to spark a lot of good as well. And when did we stop being responsible for our own mental health and gave the job to Facebook?

It makes me wonder if it is just human nature to mock something that is hugely popular. There surely is enough evidence to support it. Isn’t the way we use what is given to us our own choice?

Facebook brought a three year old boy hope to live a healthy life. That is enough for facebook to get my like.

*It was an initiative by Hirday, Vineet and Migma, supported by Coach Ravinder, Rachna, Bootcamp Yellow, me and many more volunteers.

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The cutest supporters!

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Pre-run stretch by Bootcamp Yellow

 

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