Hormetism, cold showers and barefoot running…

Todd Becker, a freelance San Francisco Bay Area-based blogger, writes Getting Stronger – a blog on the philosophy of Hormetism, based on the application of progressive, intermittent stress to overcome challenges and grow stronger physically, mentally and emotionally. If the preceding sounded like a whole lotta mumbo-jumbo, may I request just a little patience. I was alerted to Becker’s blog …

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Hale naayi-ge hosa tricksu kalisa bahudu – ondu chikka storyu

English translation of title: You CAN teach an old dog new tricks – one small story! A few months ago, I finally enrolled for a Kannada Learning class. 4 1/2 years after moving to Bangalore, the time had finally arrived. 4 weekends (8 classes  2 hours each) conducted in the apartment common room – it couldn’t …

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Training runs and motivation

“Does a runner at your level feel like you’d rather not run today, like you don’t want to run and would rather just sleep in?” He stared at me and then, in a voice that made it abundantly clear how stupid he thought the question was, replied “Of course. All the time!” The questioner? Novelist …

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In defence of the treadmill

Treadmills get a bad rap. Serious (and snooty) runners look down on it.. You can ‘start’ running on treadmills but as soon as you get comfortable with 5k+ distances, it’s time to hit the trail/road. Or so is the guidance issued to newbie runners by seasoned runners. Yours truly has also routinely dished out that …

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Meet Sir Gaunker: the modern era Ekalavya with a happy ending

Prerequisite reading for this blog post: the story of Ekalavya. If you are a Mahabharata neophyte or if you just have a terrible memory, this Wikipedia page will come in handy.. as also this trinetra.org.uk page. Now let me walk you through an alterative Ekalavya mythology. After Dronacharya said “Sorry! No can do”, Ekalavya didn’t sit around moping nor …

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Jaipur’s Day of Shame

Yesterday was the 4th edition of the Ambuja Jaipur Marathon. My friends from Delhi (Strang and Rakhi) were eagerly looking forward to running the half marathon in Jaipur for the first time. Little did they know what kind of horrid hooliganism awaited them.. while they were running. Strang posted the following update on Facebook which …

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Cramps in the final 10k of a marathon – what gives?

I missed the marathon season’s closing race Mumbai Marathon aka the ‘Kumbh Mela of Indian Running’. Wish I could claim credit for that moniker but no.. it was a Gandhian from Hubli — barefoot ultra-marathoner extraordinaire Vishwanathan Jayaraman (VJ) — who coined the term. I keep learning amazing new things about VJ. Apparently he was …

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You can never train too easy, but you CAN train too hard

My running pal (Sunil) shared this great Buzzfeed article (The Runner’s Recovery Masterclass) that puts recovery at the heart of a runner’s training plan. If you are a marathon runner (at any stage in your evolution), you should read it. If you are a morphed product of the ADD generation, I’ve cherry-picked thirteen axioms from …

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How a hobby turned into a business – the Invisible Shoes story

Steven Sashen sent an email this morning to his loyal customer base announcing the third anniversary of Boulder-based Invisible Shoes. There’s an anniversary sale of course but he also shared a merry little back story on how they got started — turning a hobby into a business. In 3 years, they’ve sold 22,000 pairs of Invisible Shoes …

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