I have been running for over a decade now but started running marathons since a few years back. Though my first marathon was a disaster and very painful but I was reborn the moment I crossed the finish line. Now I have run a 100km race recently and am a new ultra runner. Read more about me here.
I am a prolific reader and an eager learner of the sport. A decade plus of running with friends and now participating in races has helped me gain tremendous insight to the sport of endurance running.
Through this blog I will share with you my knowledge of long distance running and related issues backed by research from reliable sources to motivate runners and non – runners equally to lead a injury free, healthy, active and happy life. Also, I will be compiling soon my training logs for the preparation of my first ultra alongwith the race report in form of an e-book.
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This post is a shot at free writing. I don’t know whether it made sense or not but for the first time I let my thoughts on ‘Life Is Not Perfect’ go wild. I just felt like writing it without any structure and major edits. Life is not perfect. And it should never be. Otherwise we will never evolve or do better or great things. However, it might sound like a cliché but everyone wants a perfect life which is a balanced mix of work and fun. But the balance is sometimes too balanced which takes out the element of adventure or...read more
I am a newly converted vegan. And an ultra marathoner. Rings a bell? There are many like me in this sport and the greatest of them all is the legendary Scott Jurek. So, I am in the ‘vegan ultrarunner‘ league now. Read : Eat And Run I converted to a vegan for 2 reasons. One, I wanted to lose weight and second, I wanted to improve my performance. The second reason is directly proportional to the first reason. Less weight equals to faster timings. Wait, there is a third reason too. That is to bulletproof my immune system. It always...read more
Nipple chafing is horrible and painful. And it is a reality. The guys are the biggest sufferers. So here is a short guide to “How To Avoid Nipple Chafing”. Nipple chafing happens with mostly guys. We don’t wear any under shirt UNDER the running T. So when we run, the chest goes up and down against the fabric of the t-shirt. The nipple which protrudes out slightly gets to bear the brunt of continuous movement. And hence, the screams in the shower! Here are few tips to avoid nipple chafing before I get on with my weekly...read more
Sorry for posting this post in the middle of the week. It’s late. This was the DOWN week so it was fun to just run for fun! I have now finished my Base Phase 2 of training. Here’s a recap. Monday A easy 5 km with ego in the back pocket. I had bit too many drinks on the weekend and was feeling the effect till now. I got to go easy next weekend. Read : What Does An Easy Day Look Like? Tuesday A 7 km run with last 3 km moderately fast and few strides of 20 seconds. After the run, I did a couple of sets of bench press, squats...read more
Week 7 of ultra marathon training was great. I could hit almost all the number of kilometres this week. Here’s a brief recap. Monday I couldn’t wake up in the morning because the previous day we were out till late for shopping. And also due to the current heat wave, it causes a sort of fatigue which inhibits the ability to wake up early. Early for me is 4 or 4:30 AM because if it is later than this time then it gets too warm and crowded outside on the roads. So I decided to alter my plans for the week. I then decided to do a 8 km...read more
This is a guest post by Katrina Jane Rice. Hip flexors are a group of muscles responsible for pulling your knees upward, moving your legs from front to back and side to side, flexing your hip joint and forward trunk. The importance of stretching these muscles will ultimately predict how your lower body will receive and respond to stress. Back pain often originates from problems with the hip flexors. Tightness of these muscles is usually caused by hours of prolonged sitting common in our modern lifestyle.This kind of inactivity leads to...read more
Week 6 of ultra marathon training was fantastic. And I received the long awaited book by Dr Douglas Graham – 80 10 10 Diet. I am very excited to read it. This week, I could stick to my training plan to the ‘T’ and felt wonderful. So, here is a quick run down of how my week 6 training went. Read : I Made Myself A Training Plan For 100 km Ultra Monday Monday morning I did a easy 7 km run, which was followed by planks, glute bridge and some more core work. Idea was to get my body in motion for the next day’s hard...read more
What does an easy day look like? It should be easy, duh! If you are a runner, then chances are that you had been told by very many learned people that have easy days in your training or easy days are an important component of training regime. But we still keep messing it up! In past, I have made mistakes on this very aspect. I always lingered in the NO MAN’S LAND. It resulted in overtraining in forms of reduced performance, flu, cold and cough and lethargy. So, here is a bit of light on the subject. Easy days and hard days –...read more
Did you watch the attempt to break the 2 hour barrier by Nike? They failed to do so but achieved an amazing feat nevertheless. Read : Nike’s Sub 2 Hour Shoe – Reality or Fake? Anyways week 5 of training didn’t go great. But I still had fun. This was the first week of Base 2 phase or the 5th week of training. In this phase I introduced hill running. Read : I Made Myself A Training Plan For 100 km Ultra I was time crunched throughout the week except on the Saturday, when I thought to have some trail fun.I couldn’t hit...read more
I love beer! And I love running! Almost any ultrarunner will say this. Ultra marathon is someway synonymous to beer, right? I used to be a whisky drinker some years before I dove into long distance running. The time I was training for my first 100 km race, somehow, organically I will say, became a beer drinker. I don’t know why! And it was not because of what generally ultrarunners drink! I was attracted to it like a fly to a sweet flower. It still baffles me. However, it was a natural transition from whisky to beer. People are...read more