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Runner’s stories

This post is little different from my other posts till now. Well, I have started to like jogging and from last few months I have been regularly practicing and taking part in Marathons of 10 kms. Thanks to one of my ex-colleague as thru him I made new friends and a new group of runners whom I adore and am happy to have them as part of my life. My aim to jogging is to stay fit and healthy. I am posting few thoughts of theirs.

MRManish Rambhia (MR) – I call him “Gurudev” (Teacher) as he is the person who helps with all different types of stretching exercises in our practice sessions and constantly thinking of innovative ways to enjoy exercising. He is the person who pulls me to long distances with his constant motivational words.  The day he is takes a break for the practice session that day no one turns up 🙂 .

 

Me : Which time do you prefer to jog and any reason for it ?
MR: I prefer early morning time (mostly before Sunrise) to jog as the atmosphere during that time is awesome with fresh healthy (less polluted) air.

Me: Which route do you prefer and why ?
MR: I prefer going to back road from Infinity end to Hyper city end (this is in Malad West, Mumbai). This route is idle track for runners. Less number of vehicles around and many other co runners to boost up energy.

Me: What made you get into jogging
MR: I love participating in many sports which include athletics. I was keen to improve my running capability. I participated in SCMM – Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in 2010 without a single day practice.  After completion of the race it was too painful for me, which made me start jogging on regular basis thereby improvising my running capabilities.

Me: Tips for the readers
MR: Atleast try one day to wake up early in the morning and go for walk. You will find that day different from all other days being full of energy. I always say “If you think fitness is costlier, than try illness”.

KSKamakshi Soni (KS) – A long distance runner (time plus kilometers) and a part of Pinkathon group. She is my inspiration personality. I always admire her runs and her love for jogging. Nothing can hold her back from jogging on her schedule days and the goals she sets for herself are always above the sky. I always feel privilege to run along with her.  Recently she has been writing articles too and one of them is as below publishing with her permission :-

 

KS: Just sitting had a thought on this today…. how Pinkathon and running has changed my life:-

  1. Shopping — women is fascinated about wearing trendy dresses, kurtis, tops but when I go to malls; I look around for sportswear now.
  2. Fashion accessories — girls always beautified themselves with wearing long earrings, bangles, Bindis but I look around for running accessories which makes my run comfortable.
  3. Footwear — all those heels and occasional wear are way behind and I look around for sport shoes for my feet.
  4. Chats and gossips — all my talks (gossips) have now turned into kilometers, distances, events and pace timings.
  5. Calendar schedules — earlier I use to make plans for upcoming festivals… I now look around for Marathon events with their dates to mark it in my calendar.
  6. Friends — almost 70% of my FB feeds are from running community–my friends list have changed and now have more running groups on Whatsapp.
  7. Sharing tagging — instead of uploading selfie pics like a model … I now share and upload my running activity pics to all.
  8. Make up and looks — looking at the mirror earlier was to make myself look beautiful but now I look upon myself to be more fit and instead of buying lipsticks and pan cakes; I now buy Enerzals and bananas.
  9. Apps — downloading stupid apps of pic collage or editor or games … I now download Runkeeper
  10. Milind Soman:- My motivational celebrity whom I always use to see him as a Model /Actor has now changed to “RUNNER’S GOD ULTRAMAN IRONMAN”

 

ZS1Zubin Shah (ZS) – People have partner in crime but i have partner in run during our practice sessions as well as in Marathon races. Zubin is always a sports loving person and we both are school friends. He is a champ in badminton and also plays football on weekends. Junk food is not a part of Zubin’s diet and he is more inclined for healthy intakes.

 

 

Me: Which time do you prefer to jog and any reason for it ?
ZS: I would generally prefer the early morning hours for running/any physical exercise, as you can adhere to the same time every single day before one gets busy with hassle bustle of the workload.

Me: Which route do you prefer and why ?
ZS: I prefer running on the beach as it strains less on your knees, increase your stamina multi-folds and gives you the feeling of vastness/openness to your mind & thoughts.

Me: What made you get into jogging.
ZS: I use to love sports from the very beginning, right from my childhood days. But over a period of time and aging factor I started facing injuries related to sports activities. That is when I took up jogging.. it gives you the same energy boost, stamina, endurance, etc, but at the same time less taxing on your joints.

Me: Tips for the readers
ZS: Try out different physical activities which can help you recover from your injuries but at the same time keeps you physically fit & active and jogging is one of such activity.

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Thanks to all the above people plus all my group members with whom I enjoy my practice sessions plus all the Marathons we had till now. Looking forward for more in future.

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A bird eye view …..

It’s Friday evening and the crowd is bustling around me. I wonder why only on weekends I happen to see so many people active. Is it that people only get time or rather can remove time on weekends? Why is it that everyone remembers to take care of themselves only on specific days of the week?

Now-a-days I have got another madness running inside me. To stay fit. I mean really to stay FIT. To achieve my goal I have started taking part in Marathons. Well I only have ran 2 mini marathons (10 kms) till now and few more are in the pipeline.

So almost daily or whenever time permits I go for a jog at Poinsur Gymkhana (a gymkhana club nearby my house). The walking/jogging trek is of 750 meters per round and it’s a wonderful time to enjoy my sessions along with so many adventurous things happening around me.

Well, the person I am I can never stop thinking. During my round-up sessions I observe and wonder about so many things that I have virtually categorized people as per below …

Weekenders – Except Fridays and Saturdays the run way to fly is almost empty (I feel like I m flying along with the wind when I jog). Why so? I still have not got an answer or understood the logic. tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-149

Heaviers – There will always be those fat people who are trying their best to shed few grams from their over sized body by going merry-go-round the jogging track and as soon as they are out of the club these are the ones who will immediately either have juice or something to eat as they feel they have lost a lot of weight.

Gossipers – There are kids playing in the garden area, swinging, sliding, running, shouting, throwing sand on other kids while their respective moms are enjoying gossiping at one corner. tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-084

Romancers – One can see young people too, but they have a different agenda to come for a walk. If they are a couple walking in their own world then no need of any explanation. A perfect place to walk and talk. tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-061

Discussers – If I see 2 girls walking together then I am sure this is the place to discuss things for their respective boyfriends.

Fashion goers – Talking about the girls, I don’t understand how girls can put on make-up, wear high heels and come for a walk. Somebody needs to remind them that this is a not a ramp for a fashion show.

The fixed timmers – This category are specially the girls who come for a walk with a mobile in one hand, a hands-free round the neck and talking to someone (no need to guess). The walking continues till their phone calls last. As soon as the call completes they step out of the club. They have a fixed time to talk along with walk in the evenings. tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-025

The-just-in-lovers – Well as the name says, these are the people be it male or female, they try to find different places to meet up with their loved ones be it after office hours (with the laptop back still hanging on the shoulders). Not regulars but periodically they mark their presence. tiny-smileys-yesemoticons-020

And finally not to forget people like me who have got a goal in mind and have no fixed time, no fixed days, be it morning or evening, only one thing on the mind “Just do ittiny-smileys-yesemoticons-010