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Start Running Regularly in 2020: 5 Easy Tips

December 20, 2019

My tryst with running started a decade ago in the Infosys gym.  It was called Chisel and they played peppy music.  We were only allowed 15 minutes on the treadmill at a time.

At the end of 2006 I was onsite for 6 months.  Days in Ipswich were dark and cold. I walked into the office in the dark and by the time I left it was dark again. I would arrive early – workout at the gym and then head to my desk.  Over the weekends I would brave the biting cold and go running before my roommates were up.  I used to joke that I was the only brown person running on the streets of Ipswich.

Now it’s been more than a decade of running.  While not a member of any running club, I have participated in quite a few runs, even making it to the Hall of Fame of the Go Heritage Runs!  I enjoy running now, but it wasn’t always so.   When I think over all these years I realize that there are a few things that helped me in inculcating the habit of running into my lifestyle.  Hopefully some of these will help you too.

After completing the Ooty edition of the Go Heritage Run.  June 2017.

 

With my running buddies. Better than alarm clocks to get you up and out of of the house for a run. Both Aruna and Ashima have moved to other cities – and are sorely missed.

 

After a GHR run in Srirangapatnam. At this point I’d say this is my running uniform.  November 2017.

1. Designate a day.

For me it’s usually Sunday.  Having a specific day ensures that you get to it.  If I want to go out with friends I’ll do it on Friday night.  Even if I go out on Saturday, I’ll come home early and make sure I’m up for my weekly run.  If you don’t designate a day, you’ll end up postponing your runs indefinitely.

2. Pick a uniform.

Over the years I’ve realized that I tend to gravitate towards the same purple ASICS tights and pink Nike running top.  They fit well, keep me warm and I love the way they feel!  It can get embarrassing also, like when I wore the same thing to the Go Heritage Run in Srirangapatna and Ooty, which were a few months apart.

3. Don’t compete.

I’ve seen a lot of new runners trying to compete with the seasoned ones in terms of timing and distance.  They’re just setting themselves up for failure.  Running requires dedication, devotion and consistency.  And rhythm.  Focus on cultivating your own unique, sweet rhythm.  Once you discover this rhythm, you’ll be doing long distances easily and blissfully.

4. Choose a good playlist.

For me this is essential.  The wrong music slows me down and bores me.  Something bright and peppy keeps me going.  I also love a touch of seasonal favorites.  These days a few Christmas-y songs, in two months a few love songs.  I generally use Gaana or Wynk.

5. Use Runkeeper.

It’s nice to be able to track how much you’ve run.  You can pace yourself, see your route, and even compare your runs with previous ones.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment and also encourages me to run more.

Admittedly, the first few Sundays will be hard, but once you get into the swing of things it will become a habit.  You will relish calm Sunday mornings when everyone is asleep and you get to watch the city waking up, enjoy the sunrise.  You haven’t enjoyed breakfast unless you’ve had it after a solid 5 km run.  Do yourself a favor and in 2020 spend one morning a week running and see how just one day can transform the rest of your day.

Last year I wrote this blog after my first 10 km run.  I talk about how I manifested a life full of vibrant good health and a focus on fitness.  Looking at the photos fills me with all the nostalgia in the world!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go for an evening run!

I wish!

 

 

Food Travel

The Hyderabad Diaries

June 20, 2017

 

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The running group.

 

Just got back from Hyderabad this morning.  I stayed with my sister and did my second Go IMG-20170618-WA0018Heritage Run. Spending time with the super fit sis is always amazing.  She’s an enthusiastic member of the Hyderabad Runners (they actually helped in organizing the run).  Since it’s difficult to find time to run daily, I try and get a run in 2-3 times a week and try to doIMG-20170615-WA0009 between 5-7 km.  I’ve already waxed eloquent about the GHR initiative in this video.  If you’re a runner, and want to run longer and better, consider adding yoga to your routine a couple of times a week.

A few of you might remember the vlog I did on Bikram yoga a couple of years ago.  My POMELO_20170616111118_savesister actually goes for Bikram yoga a few times a month and while there I decided to give the style another go.  I honestly didn’t think I would make it through the class.  The first time I attended a Bikram yoga class, I lay down after the third asana and told the teacher that I would like to leave .  This time I got through the class without collapsing, throwing up or passing out!  We were famished post class and went to The Waffle House to stuff ourselves with many glorious waffles.

I’ve been to Hyderabad several times ever since my sister moved there, and this time IIMG-20170618-WA0018 wanted to explore it a bit more.  We had dinner at the Taj Falaknuma.  It was just the kind of experience I enjoy – a tour of the historical palace and sumptuous dinner afterwards.  Taking a cue from a few students, I also dragged my sister for the ‘Dialogues in the Dark’ experience.  I asked a couple of my friends in Bangalore if they’d like to join me for the experience and their initial reaction was similar to mine – a loud and emphatic NO.  But I recommend the experience, if only to show support for the cause it represents.  Video coming up later this week about that experience.

 

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Post run @ the Taramati Baradari

 

All in all, my four days in Hyderabad were amazing.  I didn’t have to miss my workouts, hung out with my sister, met a few members of the Hyderabad Runners, watched a couple of movies (The Mummy & Bounce) and focused on tweaking this site a bit more.  Back to daily practice and teaching and weekend runs.

On another note, tomorrow is the summer solstice, which also happens to be World Yoga Day.  Every day is yoga day for me, but it’s nice that the longest day of the year is also the one to commemorate yoga.