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Running Terminology

Popular Theatre artist and avid runner, T M Karthik, gives his take on what running terminology should really mean with a humourous twist.

Statutory Apology : This is just for fun, folks 😉

Want to walk the walk—or in this case, run the run? Then it’s time to learn how to talk the talk! Everyone knows runners are all a liiittle bit crazy, so it’s no surprise they have a language all their own. Think of this guide to runner’s slang as the helpful subtitles to “ Crap ,Runners Say.” C’mon, it was only a matter of time before runners got in on the fun too. Continue Reading

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Burning Out

Runner burnout should be identified and addressed so that your passion can continue unabated, shares Nandini Reddy

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Runner burnout is not a joke. Burnouts can be painful and stressful both physically and mentally. While it is important to wake up and better your times every day when you are prepping to run a marathon, it is also important to watch out for the signs of runner burnout. Burnout can happen in many forms – chronic fatigue, anaemia, anxiety, low motivation or even mentally checking out of the whole process. Many athletes tend to err on the side of over-training in the view that under-training could be harmful to their run times.

So how do you know you are burning out? You just need to keep track of a few symptoms that you body would throw up.

  • Loss of sleep
  • Quick weight loss
  • Lower resistance to colds
  • Loss in appetite
  • Quick increase in heart rate during exercise
  • Long periods of muscle soreness

Over-training

While anaemia and chronic fatigue can be ruled out in most cases – Over-training has become a trend. For better understanding lets define over-training as an activity that causes your body to be pushed beyond its physical limits. Over-training is symptomatic of new runners and seasoned runners. It tends to happen while they are preparing for an upcoming marathon. Stiffness and soreness will generally disappear with rest after a run but if it continues for longer periods then it is a result of over exertion. Over-training tends to also become a continuous practice and until you reach the burnout phase many runners do not learn to differentiate.

Anxiety

Even when you have genuine passion for running the pressure to be prepared for race day can be quite intense. You try to anxiously beat run times, get enough training hours and start to create a pattern of workout that can be draining. Comparison with other runners when you are with a group is a common point of anxiety. Runners in training tend to get into intense workout cycles coupled with thoughts of a looming marathon. This builds up anxiety to levels that can cause serious issues like depression.

Most of us believe that if we rest our bodies it is enough to get over burnout issues but along with the body the mind needs to de-stress as well. If you feel you suffer from training burnout then here are a few suggestions to help you through

  • See a doctor if you feel like you a suffering from a burnout. Share your training routine and let them help you understand where you are straining yourself
  • Ease up on your pace and ensure a solid finish instead of a messy and tired ending
  • Ensure better sleeping hours
  • Do a different workout once or twice a week to break the cycle
  • If you have coach, then speak to them honestly about feeling burnt out. Change you training schedules and work in some downtime.
  • Recover between runs with enough hydration, rest and plenty of carbs and protein
  • Cool your body down with cold baths after a run
  • See a massage therapist once a week so that the lactic acid build up and kinks in your muscles can be taken care of

Remember that even the most talented, dedicated and hard core runners can suffer from a burnout. The idea is to identify it and address it.

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Basics of Long Distance Running by Dharminder Sharma

Running is not particularly complicated. True, it is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, do not fall prey to all those complicated social media posts and articles, which would have you believe that running was something akin to rocket science. This article aims to debunk all of the online myths and to simplify your understanding of both, the art, as well as the science of running. If you are looking to start your journey as a marathon runner in the near future, you are likely to find this article particularly useful. In short, the focus will be upon impressing the need of taking your guidance from the right sources, and to apply your common sense — rather than browsing through the mountains of literature that is available on the Internet — while preparing for your initial running forays. Continue Reading

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Tarun Walecha – The Incidental Runner

Running never came easy to me…for the simplest reason that I never thought of being a runner. Though I had always been into sport, running was something that never caught my fancy. Having played various sports at school and even state level, the quest for me was not just to be fit. It was after years of exercising in the gym (18 years to be precise), which happened due to lack of peer group with similar interests and opportunities for outdoor sports due to working hours, that my mind started wandering around. Continue Reading

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“Running is a gift” – Read Ajit Pathak’s (Pinkathon Ambassador) inspiring running story

Running is Gift – It has immense health benefits. Let me take a pause and talk about how I cured myself of Epilepsy with zero medication. It was unbelievable when I discussed with my Dr. Friends who are nero physicians. Yes, I cured myself of Epilepsy, I was not diagnosed with Epilepsy by birth. I was diagnosed with  Epilepsy due to my hectic and unhealthy lifestyle, and ad hoc travels which I developed at the early age of 20s. The medication prescribed by my neuro physician did not really suit me and I was told there are 3 medical treatments ( tablets) available to cure epilepsy. I tried the first one which was a bit of a risk and decided to live with Epilepsy for rest of my life. Between the ages of 20 to 40 years, I had on and off epilepsy attacks and I could not control them. Continue Reading

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Runs that cannot be missed in Chennai

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Chennai‘s fitness scene is really catching up! We have around 50+ runs happening round the year, which basically means on an average there is at least 1 marathon every week. Now we have no excuses! Continue Reading

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India’s growing awareness about cycling and running

Since the ancient times India has been practicing the art of physical, mental and spiritual well-being in the form of Yoga, but in the recent times our country has seen a growing awareness towards other form of physical exercise. People in India now pay a lot of attention to their physical health and you will find many of them going to the gym or joining aerobic classes. But there is also another set which consists of people of various ages, that practice either cycling or running on a regular basis. This trend is seen more often in the metros where people from all age groups enjoy running and cycling and also join various groups for the same. There are many groups in the various metro cities which you can join if you want to pursue either cycling or running. Apart from this, many people also train themselves for the marathons that happen frequently in the major cities in the country.

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