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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The first step of success in an ultra is a sound training plan to tame the eccentric mind! If you had read my post on future running plans, then I had mentioned that I have two 100 km ultra marathons lined up for the year. Keeping that in mind, I made myself a training plan for 100 km ultra. Bdw, there is a video at the end of the post on the what I have written, so check that out too. Read : Future Running Plans – UTMB 2018 Now, I started my training or I will say ‘some’ running again in February. I ran last in November...read more
An ultramarathon is hard on the mind and body. The brutal pounding from hours of running, hiking, walking or crawling takes a toll on the body and more on the mind. An ultramarathon is any race more than the traditional marathon distance i.e 42.2 km. In most cases of DNFs, it is the mind of the ultra runner that breaks first before deciding not to continue with the race. It is said that an ultra is 10% physical and 90% mental. Well, I made up that percentage but its definitely more than two thirds of the physical ability of a runner. Read : 7...read more
In this article, I will give out simple 5 tips to injury proof body for runners. And mind you, there are no exercises here but general lifestyle tips which you can follow anytime of the day. So let’s get started. Running is a simple sport wherein a person puts one foot in front of the other. The sport is very exciting and addictive. It is kind of a meditative process where you focus on your form, strides, breathing etc. Basically you are in sync with yourself! But then as exciting it seems, it is injury prone also. Running involves...read more
A training log book is a very important weapon in the arsenal of any endurance athlete. Training for any kind of an endurance event is a long, arduous journey of several months of hardships. In case the athlete, is self coached, which most of us are, doesn’t record his day to day training somewhere, he is likely to end up being overtrained or injured. A training log book serves many purposes. For example it aids as a tracking device for people who want to lose weight or who want to get faster or train for an event without an injury....read more
I will be clear at the beginning only : this post is a rambling about the weekly long runs. It will though have instructional value too! Marathon and races beyond that distances are tough on the body and mind. Before the body mostly it is the mind which buckles down first. The body takes care of itself if the mind is trained adequately. The distance is daunting. Running for a long period of time on weekends i.e one hour, two, or six or twenty four hours or more seems formidable but it is just a part of the journey, which is training for the...read more
A fellow blogger and runner friend recently said to me(in fact taunted me, to be precise), when she heard that I am not running and putting on weight, that she hates being friends with people who are lazy FARTS! Well, I am thankful to her for this kick in the butt, theoretically. I started running the next day and a few days later reactivated my sleeping blog. That’s the first step to get the motivation to start running again. A kick in the butt from someone. The year has started late for some people like me who have started training...read more
I have always been very ambitious though didn’t achieve most of the things I planned for. But, I had lots of fun, excitement and adventure in whatever I set out to do. So, my future plan is to run UTMB CCC in 2018. It is the Tour-de-France of ultra running. UTMB is a trail running event in Chamonix where almost 8000 runners from different countries of the world come together to run around Mont-Blanc. One can easily say that this race is the mecca of trail runners and ultra runners. Now, UTMB is broken down into following categories-...read more
Shit happens. I believe in this “Forrest Gump” movie statement a lot. I am not running La Ultra – The High 2016, a race I have been dreaming to run for past couple of years. This race is on invitation basis wherein one has to fill an application, which is then scrutinized by the race organisers and accordingly one is selected to run this “cruelest race”on earth. They have a tough list of criteria to fill in. Well, I got invited and I paid the registration money of Rs 19,500. Running ultra are costly. I was...read more
Running and relationship have few things in common : Requirement of constant work to improve from the present day, which means consistency here. Need to mix it up a bit to avoid staleness. Continuously keep working on the problem areas to avoid or rehabilitate injuries/fights. The moment the above mentioned things get disrupted, running/relationship suffers. I kind of stopped working towards improving on my relationship with my wife for a while. I am ashamed about this fact. And I am bringing this online to give myself a hard kick on my...read more
Well, I am not not blogging nowadays. I am lazy but not that kind of lazy, who is just lying around and doing nothing. I am vlogging nowadays! My blog here is mainly for written content but I have found a new love in documenting things on a camera. Read GoPro Hero 4 Silver for camera here. I have to find my mojo back for writing. Anyways, my training for La Ultra – 111km is going on fine as per my training plan, with some minor variations here and there. Now, La Ultra is a high altitude race with some strict cut off times. The...read more