It's always a team effort. Vish is not even in the photograph and Chetan is hidden away. They will play a very important role in making it an enjoyable experience.

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. 

Sometimes we don't appreciate how our lives are changed for good by our mentors. 

Sometimes we don't appreciate how our lives are changed for good by our mentors. 

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. 

Always have that smile on.

Always have that smile on.

Exactly!

Exactly!

And like that.

And like that.

The rest then comes very easily.

The rest then comes very easily.

One step at time. It was simply brilliant to see how natural folks were. Great running form here.

One step at time. It was simply brilliant to see how natural folks were. Great running form here.

I mentioned that the target is to have a thousand folks running by the end of this program. We need to start with our own families and friends. This is the biggest gift we can give them.

I mentioned that the target is to have a thousand folks running by the end of this program. We need to start with our own families and friends. This is the biggest gift we can give them.

And keep smiling. Awesome.

And keep smiling. Awesome.

And soon you'll find out that you have wings.

And soon you'll find out that you have wings.

Awesome ma'am.

Awesome ma'am.

Keep moving. 

Keep moving. 

Super stuff.

Super stuff.

You make great friends while running. Percy (in blue) ran 111 km with me on these roads on 11.11.11

You make great friends while running. Percy (in blue) ran 111 km with me on these roads on 11.11.11

I told you, it's easy peasy.

I told you, it's easy peasy.

These guys came on their bikes and were then running with their bags on. Awesome.

These guys came on their bikes and were then running with their bags on. Awesome.

Vish was the man behind the scenes, clicking these pics.

Vish was the man behind the scenes, clicking these pics.

Giving tips.

Giving tips.

One step at a time. 

One step at a time. 

Always cool down with a walk.

Always cool down with a walk.

We all attempted the squat but I would suggest we all first do wall squats, or tree squat as show below.

We all attempted the squat but I would suggest we all first do wall squats, or tree squat as show below.

Side bending is very important before and after runs. Even while working.

At the end of the day, it should be fun. 

At the end of the day, it should be fun. 

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.

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