I thought I will start with humor. You know, about Bengalis and running. There are quite a few of those. But one shouldn’t trivialize the important things. Running has been a game changer for me. And I have been running for barely 6 weeks! Yet, it is turning around my days and weeks. For the better. There is that moment during a run, mid way somewhere, where the muscles start giving up. That is the moment when either you give up or you block out every other thought in your head and keep going. If you did the latter, you probably know what that feels like. In that moment, all I am left with is the music in my ears and incredible happiness. You forget the bad memories and the bad days. And all you are left with is an optimism about well, just about everything!

I have two races coming up. One I am not well prepared for and another, that I intend to be well prepared for. I do intend to get to the finish line for both. First one is the Golden Gate Relay race, which is similar to the Ragner race. 12 member team, 3 legs each and each leg varies from 3 to 7 miles. In total, the team does 190 miles, starting in the wine country (Calistoga) and ending in Santa Cruz. The other one is the Napa to Sonoma wine country half marathon in July. Yes, it does look like I have a serious affinity to wine. πŸ™‚

I am nervous for the upcoming one. Learning a little every time I run another mile. Here’s what I know –

  • Find a running group/running company. They should be people who have been running for a while now and who take this seriously. Because two lazies don’t maketh an early morning! I have been lucky on this front, and I could not be happier about it! πŸ™‚
  • Figure out if you like to run with or without music. Some like the sound of their footfall. I like Eric Clapton. Each one to his own.
  • Find the right shoe. As you start running, you will start hearing about all the science in your shoes. Under pronation, over pronation etc. Get your gait analyzed and figure the right shoe. Makes a world of difference.
  • Get your shit together in terms of food habits. There is a slew of articles on what to eat and what not to eat. Figure out your own needs, based on what you prefer. The right fuel helps a long way.
  • Find good trails to run on. Do your research or just ask your running friends. Luckily, LA is blessed with beautiful trails. We mix soft trails with concrete paths. It never gets boring. πŸ™‚
  • Talk about it. Which I guess is what I am doing. πŸ™‚ It helps. I get advice from unexpected corners. I get company too. Adds up well.
  • Find an app to track your runs. I have been using RunkeeperΒ + FitBit.
  • The basic rule that everyone knows. Stretch like a cat pre and post run. D told me about this app called Sworkit for personalized workouts. Pretty darned good!
  • Mix it up. Swim, play, yoga, gym. Whatever is your deal.
  • Find the right training regime. For my half, I am using Marie’s tried and tested training plan. She used it for her first half, and she does Ironman now. Am guessing this should be foolproof. πŸ™‚

Well, that’s all I have right now. Ma is worried that I am being too healthy. Talk about parents worrying about everything! πŸ™‚ As is true for all long lasting relationships, this one with running feels right. Maybe, I won’t have commitment issues this one time. See you on the other side, after the Golden Gate Relay!

Footnote – For the relay, we are raising money for the charity Organs R Us. We are 70% done. Looking for your help for the last 30%. To pledge, click here –Β

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