The third exile

“My lower back is sore. My glutes are sore. My right quad & hamstring are cramping slightly. But oh.. it feels sooooo good!”  Much chuckling from my friends as I uttered these words following a 24k run.  I was coming off a non-running interlude of 6 weeks (brought upon by a freak bone contusion to the …

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Activating your inner AWACS

At some point one starts acting one’s age. I suppose. In the past year, I can’t recall how many times I’ve come close to yelling “For @#$%$#% sake, increase your goddamn immunity! And, for crying out loud, develop some proprioception!!” Some folks are born with great immunity while others need to work (a little harder) …

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When does a streak become a habit?

A conversation with a colleague years ago in Chicago. He: “Heard you started doing meditation?” Me (feeling rather smug): “Yeah. I took this class at Himalayan Institute 4 months ago and I continued after class got over. I may have acquired a life long habit.” He (with an ominous look): “Lifelong, eh?” Me: “Well.. I …

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Digital Visarjan

My last decade of running can be classified into 3 phases: Garmin Forerunner 310 with data being logged religiously on RunningAHEAD, chosen for their non-social DNA Plain-old digital watch (borrowed Garmin for occasional races) Nike Running Club (NRC) app on my OnePlusX When I turned to NRC, my motivations were at an all-time low. Run …

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Dabbling with discomfort

Maximizing pleasure doesn’t need practice. It’s hardwired into our system.   Tolerating pain, however, is a different ball game. Notice how I swapped maximizing with tolerating. Maximizing pain fits squarely in the realm of the suicidal and masochist.. and to be strictly avoided. An oft quoted ultra runner’s quote goes like this “not all pain is …

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Goodbye to Vitamin I

Earlier this year I had written about unlocking a superpower, a post that tantalizingly starts with me ‘visualizing away’ a raging headache, a feat that sadly turns out to be a one-time wonder. If you have Googled, you know that there is no such thing as Vitamin I. But if you’ve read the thoroughly engaging …

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Can you survive on 5 tabs?

Years ago I took a course on Effective Time Management. There were quite a few productivity hacks that I adopted (some permanently). However, his most controversial hack was to declare war on post-its. Still remember his words “Every time you return to your desk, those colorful little squares that you neatly arrange all around your …

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The imperfect vegan

When I turned vegan ~6 years ago, my conformance was slightly less than 100% initially. This was largely to keep domestic peace without compromising the core principle. For example, Palak paneer, a popular dish when dining out, couldn’t be messed with. So I’d focus on the palak while they’d monopolize the paneer While eating at …

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Planes and trains

An old school friend (M) gave the following reason for giving up meat : “One fine day I felt that I had eaten enough chicken for a lifetime. So I turned vegetarian.” My feelings towards planes and flying are approaching a similar sentiment. In the past 2 years, I’ve probably flown close to 30 times. …

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Getting healthy.. the slow way

“Nobody wants to become rich slowly.” – Warren Buffet Replace “rich” with “healthy” and the quote will still ring true. In late 2008, after 1.5 decades of asthma-free bliss, my top worry as I settled into Bangalore living was “how the heck would I manage in India’s asthma capital?“ My answer was to start running. …

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