The well-grounded runner

Years ago, when I shared one of my posts on barefoot running (or cold showers) on Facebook, my friend Ramesh Pai shared this interesting anecdote: You’ll be amused to know about this Polish guy that we met in the jungles of Costa Rica. He left his high paying job to go live in the jungle. …

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Chipping away at FOMO

To add is human, to subtract divine. – Anonymous This weekend, I had two reasons to raise a celebratory toast. All my running friends were running Mumbai Marathon. When registrations opened 6 months ago, I wasn’t tempted. When they were talking about hotel bookings, I wasn’t tempted. In the last week of tapering, no whiff …

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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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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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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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A runner takes a walk

A rare Monday morning when I woke up at 430am. Rare because the alarm was set for 630am. Mondays are rest days (runner speak) or normal days (regular speak). This kind of inexplicable thing happens maybe a few times a year. The inner voice said “Hey, you’ve always wanted to find out what it is …

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When a tweet triggered a hormesis habit change

My friend Mekin tweeted something interesting in Jan 2009. One of those things that makes you go “hmm.. surely I can give that a try!” For someone perpetually teetering on the edge of catching a cold (or in the midst of one) for most of my life, I’m always on the lookout for life hacks.. …

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Heads I win, tails I don’t lose

“Racing is a true experience. Only the conditions are artificial. My entire self is engaged in a genuine struggle against time and distance and those around me. All my strengths, physical and emotional and moral, are called upon to decide the issue.” – Dr. George Sheehan, How to feel great 24 hours a day. I’ve …

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Of quadrants and boring race reports

It’s written that while progress could be happening linearly, results come only in cycles. The Bhagawat Geeta says one should act without thinking of results. Of course I buy this aphorism but internalizing it is only the first step. In the weeks leading to the race (as more and more things fell into place), my …

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Why you should turn your husband into a runner

Doing repetitive monotonous things are meant for machines, robots or ‘servants’ (if you are part of the Indian middle class). I find some of these activities highly therapeutic and enjoyable. Allow me to explain. Let’s start with running. Who wants to keep a rhythmic motion minute after minute for hours together? Especially when the alternatives …

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