Amongst runners ‘Death Before DNF (Did Not Finish) is a very jazzy thing to say but when death comes calling, the bravest of us are humbled. Even more importantly, we need to realise that living on the edge is all good but there is more to life.
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La Ultra - The High
Many gurus and experts will give you a discourse on running and life at drop of a hat; a similar pattern found on social media. These sources undermine your true potential and only bring passive understanding. Lessons learned from your daily experiences are your best teacher. Focus on those, and how they will serve us well in the future.
My College Dean, Dr. Nagra & Mrs Nagra picked up running at 74 & 69 yrs of age. They share their fitness routine, and dabbling with running at this ripe age. Physical fitness is an investment for a better tomorrow, he feels. Dr. Nagra gives his take on Sports Medicine from the 1990s and it's evolution to where it is now.
Contrary to what people think, it’s not running that causes the bad knee pains, but running with poor form. Unfortunately when you pick up running in 30s and beyond, you are trying too hard as you’ve forgotten how to move naturally, the way you did as a child.
There is no rocket science to it. You need to slow down and work on your strength training. Be patient as you’ve taken decades to master the art of moving inefficiently and unnaturally. It’ll all soon come together.
What if I tell you that you could pick up running even in your mid to late 50s! That age is just a number if you focus on form and overall health for running. Let me illustrate this point by talking about Mr. Ramanjit Singh Oberoi.
If you’ve risked your life by running a full marathon(s) in gas-chambers of modern cities of ‘civilised’ world, here is your chance to push it a bit further in scenic Ladakh, by running 55 kms over Wari-La, a high mountain pass not yet infested by tourists who can’t differentiate between Goa and Ladakh.
No one is extra-ordinary. Actions are!: Last weekend, while the thousands ran Mumbai marathon, 3 ordinary working class Indians, made their way to Brazil135 ultra marathon, and made India proud. Followers had become leaders. That is the need of the hour.
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The female of the species is more robust than the male.
Ever heard of male pain vs female pain? Male pain refers to people moaning and groaning over minor discomforts, non-issues. Female pain refers to real pain
In life you reach a point where you stop feeling... yes feeling anything. No pain, no fear, no anger, no joy, no disgust, no trust or mistrust, no anticipation, no surprise, no sadness, no thirst, no hunger, no depression, no hate, no love, no nothing. But you have to go through all of them and much more, literally to abysmally lows and higher than highest highs to get there. And then you suddenly realise that nothing matters. You and everything else around you is simply insignificant.
Alex (Germany) & Dunya (Behrain), a couple changed by ultra running.
Dunya and Alex left behind an unhealthy life of well-rounded smokers, and picked up running in 2009 and ultra running in 2014. Now the changed couple are running La Ultra - The High for the second year.
Mark is a complete ultra runner having two extreme aspects to him, one that of extremely competitive athlete but on the other a monk of a runner. He's running 333km at La Ultra - The High for the third time.
Grant Maughan, an Australian, a seafarer, an ultra-runner, triathlete, surfer & general adventurer, also a participant in 7th edition of La Ultra - The High has come 6th (2016), 9th (2015) and 2nd (2014 & 2013) at Badwater ultra, besides winning the Iditarod Trail Invitational 130 mile race which qualifies him for 350 mile race next year.
Dariusz Strychaliski, a Polish participant in 222k at 7th edition of La Ultra - The High, was left in coma after a car accident at 7yrs of age. Today he runs ultras like no ones business even though his right side is partially paralysed.
At La Ultra - The High, I try to make a Dangerous event Difficult. But most humans suffer from the 'Immortal till we die' syndrome. Rules up there are for the safety of the runners. That is my first priority. I would never ever compromise on that.
Khirki to Leh... it needs to start somewhere, with someone. Thanks a million miles to all who believed in my crazy idea when there was nothing to show for it. The journey started in July of 2010. Now La Ultra - The High is a name to reckon with in Ultra running world globally.