We all sleep for approximately one third of our lives. It is for good reason, to recover and be ready for challenges the next day but yet it’s importance is under-rated for peak performance. What matters is quality, not quantity.
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The commonest complaint of beginner runners, even of walkers is that they get breathless very soon, instead it's their heart that is ready to jump out and go for a run. Most don’t even breathe optimally while sitting and then expect it to magically function to its best when they move. Here is a simple trick using a basic tool easily available that’ll be a game changer for you.
Most walkers-runners walk-run the way they drive and vice-versa. Try out any park in India and you’ll find it pretty difficult to overtake those in front of you, not for lack of speed or will but because they aren’t prepared to let go of that prime real-estate they have recently acquired, whether by hook or by crook. Let us become mindful while running for our own sakes and others around us.
We can be preaching running or any other life skill to beginners for ages but till we experience it at that level, we have no clue how difficult it can be. I ran-walked Midnight Sun Marathon in Tromso, Norway, with a friend who isn’t the fastest in the world. His determination to get to the finishline taught me an immense lot.
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.
With all due respect to all the phenomenal coaches who make runners training for sub 2hr 30min half marathon (21 kms) do sprints during training, if I get to know about you, I'm going to...
Air quality is pathetic. It's not safe to run in it. Is running indoors on treadmill an option? If yes, then which one to get? Here is a review of a treadmill review.
I wrote this blog / email on 22.2.2008. Some numbers raise their head even when you don't know what they mean. And then somehow it all makes sense.
(Disclaimer: This is not Sports & Exercise Medicine doctor writing but a crazy runner... a damn crazy runner. Please do not try this at home, kids please keep a watch on your parents)
We human beings ran as sperms to be born, and contrary to what most of us have been made to believe, new scientific evidence shows that it isn’t a race. It is a synchronised run to the egg where all of the millions of sperms have very specific roles. All of them move. Being lazy is never an option.
Recently air quality in Delhi was really bad. Around the corner was the most iconic running event of North India. Even now its the best that it's been in last 45 days but is still poor. Here is a 60 second presentation that'll help you think even more. About more.
Air Pollution could be a blessing in disguise. Along with rights come duties. We runners are in the eye of the 'air-pollution' storm. Lets act more responsibly than we possibly have ever done. We would have changed the future for ourselves and our loved ones.
Pacing is very important. Just that most never learn how to do it. If you get it right, you’ve really cracked what most haven’t been able to. You'll become a far better runner.
The running season is on but air quality in Delhi NCR is being said to be 'very unhealthy' to exert outdoors. Should you be exercising and running out doors? What about all those masks people are running around in?
My interview with Procam team about evolution of running culture in Delhi.
I've firmly believed that running gives you an even playing ground, which strips all of their social status and financial standing. It brings to surface the true character of the individual. It's because of that it's given me the best of friends and introduced me to some awesome folks out there.
This is a 4hr full and 2hr half marathon plan for a marathon in 3 weeks time. This week the intent is to do the last long run. At all times remember to stay soft on your feet and try to keep your running as effortless as you possibly can.
This is week 21 of a 4hr full and 2hr half marathon plan. No, it's not supposed to be easy. I'll push you hard to get to your time but remember that you aren't a product of an assembly line and you aren't in a rat race. At the end of the day if you aren't smiling and miling at the same time, you are missing out on something big.
Majority of humans are capable of doing a marathon in under 4 hrs, just that they don't believe they can. Start with wanting to. Soon you will.
This is a sub 4 hr full marathon training plan targeting New Delhi Marathon (NDM) which is on 26th Feb. This plan is really for those who’ve managed to do half marathon in last couple of months in under 2 hours and full marathon distance in last few weeks in sub 4 hours 15 min.
Mumbai marathon is only 4-5 days away now. You need to take it very easy during these few days before the race. Even if you are not doing it and training for New Delhi Marathon, which is in 7 weeks time, take this week easy.
What you can very easily do in the last week before the marathon in your eagerness to train, is injure yourself. If you haven’t trained enough, please don’t risk a permanent injury. It might be better not to run. Think long term, not just about this one race.