It was a brilliant start to the first run for L&S Runs. Good job folks. Now it's about telling the others how much fun it was.
There were three very basic tips that I shared with everyone. Once your fundamentals are sorted, it's going to be very easy.
1. Be soft on your feet when you run. How you do that is by starting to skip (without a rope) as a warm up. It soon becomes a habit and comes automatically when you run.
Once you've got the idea of soft landing while skipping, it'll come a lot easily when you run. The only thing you need to focus on are your footsteps. If you can hear them, you are too loud.
2. Soft grip: Imagine that you are holding a pappad between your thumb and index finger. While running you simply can't break that pappad. This will help you to relax your shoulders and upper body. As a result your feet will land softly while running.
3. Run like a puppet: Imagine that you are a puppet who has a string at the top of the head and you are being pulled up by the puppeteer above. There are no strings at the shoulders. Let your shoulders relax.
Once you've understood the above, you are good to go. Simply apply the above while running.
Below are photographs from the first run. If you were there, show off and tease those who weren't there. Those who weren't there, it was a lot of fun and easy stuff. Come along next time.
When you get started with running, start with a brisk walk for 5 min, followed by a run for time that you are very comfortable, could be as little as 30 seconds. Then walk again. When you walk, you catch your breath and relax as much as you can to be ready to run again in some time.
Regarding breathing, keep it easy. Easy long breaths in and easy long breaths out.
Side bending is very important before and after runs. Even while working.
Regarding advice for shoes, I'll get back to you pretty soon.
We'll meet at 6 am at the Amrita Shergill Marg (Lodhi Garden). Park your cars where I have marked the pin. We'll meet inside the park right next to the gate there. We'll warm up a bit and then run on Amrita Shergill Marg and then cool down again at Lodhi.
Keep miling and smiling.