Forgiveness of the ultra distance

In a sprint, if you don’t have perfect form, you’re doomed. The ultra distance forgives injury, fatigue, bad form, and illness. A bear with determination will defeat a dreamy gazelle every time. I can’t count the number of times people have said, “I can’t believe he beat me.” Distance strips you bare. So what if …

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The sacred cows of marathon running

[Editor’s Note: Two years ago, I wrote a list-based post – you are a long distance runner when.. Nothing spectacular but it sorta went viral on Facebook and I got my first official flattery (read “got plagiarized”). A friend saw my post neatly pasted on a friend-of-a-friend’s wall (let’s call him X – he’s a Chennai runner). …

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Experiences with Interval Training

I incorporated interval running to my training regimen last season. I was following Hal Higdon’s Advanced 1 program which prescribes 800 meter runs with 400 meter walk/jog recovery. I was able to sustain a pace of 4:00/km even as the plan ramped up to 6, 7 and 8 repetitions. You are probably thinking “Wow”. Time …

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A quiet morning inside Osmania University

My mother fasts and prays. My sister meditates. I run. My brother recently made an astute observation about us – the prayers, fasts, meditations, and running increase when extraordinary events occurred. What kind of events? Say, when a family member falls ill or when a special inter-planetary event comes around. I reflected on this last week …

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What is foot reflexology?

The contents of this post picked up from a Global Healing Exchange link shared on Facebook by one of my friends. Something tells me that my experiments in barefoot running might find some relevance with this field. Hmm…. Foot Reflexology has become a well respected ADJUNCT to regular medical care. It is used in Hospitals, by …

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Achieving terminal velocity

This is Part 2 of an unfolding story on barefoot running. It continues from It’s all a vast upper body conspiracy! Two months later… After my strange out-of-the-body-voices-in-my-head experience on Nov 13 2011, you’d think that my life would be altered for ever. Not quite. I still continued to blog about social enterprises and impact investing. …

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Kids and one-upmanship

The conversation below is between four Indian kids. Indian kids who know that marathon equals the precise distance of 42.2 km and isn’t a modifier like “5k marathon” or “10k marathon”. The conversation took place sometime in 2010. I wasn’t a live witness but my friend Shalini related it soon after. A: “My father has run …

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It’s all a vast upper body conspiracy!

It’s been a little over 3 months since I changed my running shoe. I fuss and obsess over my new shoe like never before. To the extent that I’ve taken to washing them after every run. Strange, huh? My previous shoe, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS-11 (green), has served me exceedingly well. I’ve been a ‘Brooks running …

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What motivates most amateur marathoners?

Haruki Murakami, famous novelist and marathon runner, this question in his memoir What I talk about when I talk about running. Marathon runners well understand what I mean. We don’t really care whether we beat any other particular runner. World-class runners, of course, want to outdo their closest rivals, but for your average, everyday runner, individual …

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