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
The views expressed are guest author’s personal.
A pair of shoes, comfortable t-shirt and shorts, a bit of space outside is all you need to go running at will – we all started here, isn’t it? So when and why did running become an expense vs. value for money topic much talked today?
It’s a no rocket science answer with the increase in number of events and registration fees every year along with business interests creating a need for running market in form of sports massages, nutrition, running gears, coaches, need for sport physios etc. These expenses are usually justified as Healthy Expenses that saves us from long medical bills owing sedentary lifestyle. Now that we are in the loop the choice is ours to keep running a low expense or fall to the marketing sabotage and blow our credit cards – especially coming from a middle-class family like me where at the start of every month we sit down and plan the monthly budget over a sheet of paper. So this piece of write up particularly to the cost conscious runners who run as I touch upon events, shoes, nutrition, and coaches. Continue Reading
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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.
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.
I was recently invited for the launch of adidas pureBOOSTx shoes and I felt totally lost in the midst of models and fashion/lifestyle bloggers but that’s a story for another day. Anyway, apparently it’s the first for women only running shoe in the world. My first thoughts when I saw the shoes were,
“So not me, I’m a runner!!!”
“I love my Boston Boost and I’m loyal”
Basically, I was wary of running in them. I did a 40 minute Bootcamp in the new shoes and even though they felt comfortable, light, flexible and were wide enough for my toes to breathe, I decided to not form any opinion till I get to run in them.
I had shared in my Boston Boost review that I only understand one thing when it comes to running shoes- that I don’t have to think them about while running. I like to run free. And that’s exactly how I felt doing the 10km at adidasuprising just a day later; I was able to soak in the energy of Mumbai and its runners without a bother. I “broke into the shoes” with ease.
I have done a couple of runs in them now but nothing beyond 10km. For now I want to stick to my Boston Boost for long runs and alternate these for my shorter runs (5-10km) and training. I love how light they are, hug my feet and have excellent arch support. I don’t like my shoes with too much cushioning or minimalistic, probably any lesser or more and I wouldn’t have liked it.
And since this is not a technical review, I’m attaching a couple of links at the end of the article where you can read more.
And who said floral can’t be badass?
Verdict – pureBOOSTx is a serious running shoe in a very good looking avatar. It looks equally cool with dresses as it does with the running gear.
Word of caution – Since the shoes is a snug fit, you might need to consider a size bigger. However, I’m wearing the same size as my other running shoe and it’s fine.
pureBOOSTx was given to me to review. However, all opinions are my own.
Let’s be honest that as runners we can be annoying. It’s important to poke fun at ourselves and not take everything too seriously till we do.
- Your date won’t date you on Saturday nights. Live with that!
- Wondering why? He/she has to do LSD early next morning. (And before you jump to wild conclusions, LSD is short for Long Slow Distance).
- And when your date will hang-out with you – he/she would love to talk about…, his/her buddies would love to talk about is well, running!!!
- Your date is forever hydrating. (Whatever happened to good old thirst?)
- Your date never eats. He/she always seems to carbo-load. Carbo what??
- Your date gets offended when you call a 10K run a marathon. And you’ll never figure what the fuss is all about?
- You better know that a half marathon is 21.1K and a full is 42.2. Call it 21 and 42 – and you will offend him/her all over again!!
- Achilles Tendinitis, Plantars Fasciicits are a part of his/her vocab. So you better know those too.
- If you go looking for ice cubes in his/her ref, you will most likely find ice packs instead.
- Move over latest fashion trends and automobiles. Do you know about the latest running shoes and Garmin? You don’t??
- They are chafed in the wrong places for most part of the year – leaving you out in the cold!
- “PB” nahi pata? *sigh*