What you NEED to continue?

Starting to run is something that every one of us might have done. You got inspired or motivated to start running. Maybe it was an urge to bring about a positive change in our lives. Or, maybe it was the dreadful moment that threatened your health and forced you to take up running as a therapy.

So, we started to run. But, how far would we go? Would we be running after a week, a month or a year? Out of 100 people who would take up running, more than 50 would give up soon. Do you know why it happens?

The reason is that anything that we set out to do is met with initial resistance. This resistance is due to a lack of mental muscle. Mental Muscle is like your real muscle. The more weight you have lifted, the more it will be in a position to lift. This is a muscle that we need to grow over a period of time. It will take time to develop in us.

Initially, for a beginner, even small situatiocns will be tough for Crack. The initial phase of developing a regimen is going to be the slowest. Even the simplest of tasks like getting up in the morning is going to challenge you for long. Maybe for a day or two, you were able to get out of the bed at the crack of a dawn. This is because you had prepared yourself so well for the past 2 days. But, the amount of pain, you took to make it a possibility is going to weigh you down shortly.

Our kind is still not ready to take it that every day we have to get up and go for running. The mind will compare the new routine with the previous one and conclude that we were better off earlier. Because, the mind does not need to put efforts in the daily routine that we were following for Avery long time.

Most of the time we are looking for the best ways to do an act. We anakysr thing too much for too long. This is called analysis paralysis. Initially taking some action is more important than taking the best action.

Another reason is we expect too many things to happen too fast. And when we fall flat on our expectations, we get discouraged. This discouragement leafs to inaction seeing not the expected results.

Attach yourself. If you are a lone runner and you don’t have a companion to run with, not to worry, you have better things waiting for you. What you can do is find the ropes and tie yourself with them. Let me explain, when you go for run, find some thing that will bring you out every day to witness that thing. Like in my case, I would go out to absorb the natural beauty of the place. I would see the rising sun. I saw a Milan who would be coming from the other side. After seeing each other crossing, he became so friendly that he would smile at me and I would smile bakc at him. And if on any day, he did not turn up, my mind would wonder and think about him.


Journal Entry No 304

I have today finished my October Running. Against a score of 100.3 km last month, I ran 143.6 km. I am feeling good about it.

So, let us dissect it and find some pearls of wisdom. I run for a duration of 35 minutes every day. Plus or minus 10 mins. This time is good enough for me to cover 5 km at a very comfortable pace.

I get up in the morning and do my running. Are you also a morning person? Guess what, Morning is the best time to run. You have the sun rising on the one side and the world waking up on another. And you are running with joy.

In the morning, you have the privilege to run on empty roads. There is no traffic and the world is still very much asleep. Won’t you enjoy such a scene that soon coverts into chaos? The stillness of the morning stays with you for the rest of the say.

So far for this year, I have run 1522.5 km. I have a target of running 1800 km for the year. I am pretty satisfied with my running and October month has been really rewarding. I did not suffer any illness.


Arm Swings and How they can aid your good running form

Your running form is a very important factor in deciding if you are going to enjoy your run or not. In this post, I am gonna talk about using Arm Swings to aid your running.

It took me a while to realize that my arms are my good running companions. When you run, your both arms naturally move back and forth. This back and forth movement of your arms gives your body a push to move forward. Your arms work somewhat like the rowers.

Our arms are joint at the shoulder points of the body. These points provide a jerk to your shoulders. When you move your arms back and forth, the shoulders also feel the impact. Therefore, make sure that you are moving your arms from 0 degrees to 90 degrees movement for optimal performance.

As you swing your arms from 0 to 90, the shoulders will find maximum support and the body will get the maximum thrust. We are mostly in the habit of swinging our arms to a 45 degrees angle. This may lead to slouching of shoulders.



You might wonder about these 5Ks, 10Ks, 21Ks. What are they? And how do you relate these terms to running?

Are you an enthusiastic runner? If you are one of those who are excited to run long and far, then I am sure that you would love to know about these terms. These are the kind of races that you can participate in and have fun. The Long distance running these days has taken many smaller formats like 5K, 10K, etc.

When a runner wants to talk about her running, she would prefer to use those terms. If you watch one runner talking to another, you may find them using a lot of running jargon. But, don’t worry, they are not too tough to crack. As you would gain your ground in running, you will find them joining your lingo uninvited.

5K stands for Five Kilometres. Likewise, you can decipher 10K. Yes, that’s right. In the same way, we have some other formats like 21K, 42K etc. You may find it interesting to know that a full marathon has 42 km. So, if you have run a full marathon, you can claim yourself you be a Runner Par Excellence. You should give yourself a pat on the back for attaining such a great height in running.


Run to be Resilient

Running is not just a physical activity. It is a mental act too. When you run, your mind also runs. The act of running involves engaging the mind as well as the body. You must have heard of a Runner’s High. Runner’s high is a feeling people attain when they keep running for long and feel like never stopping!

Since the time I have started to run, I have seen tremendous change happening in my life. And this change has happened to me for good. Running can help you learn life’s important skills. Running challenges you. It throws a new challenge at you every day albeit not so challenging that you surrender.

Before I can go further and explain myself, let me first tell you about the meaning of Resilience. The Cambridge Dictionary describes Resilience as an ability to be happy, successful, etc again after something difficult or bad has happened. I call it, Coming Back Stronger in life after you are have been struck with a tragedy.

Many a time it happens that you don’t feel like you are living a life of your dreams. And this happens even with those who have attained a respectable social and economic status. There is a lot that can be blamed on the fast pace of life that we are living in. The modern lifestyle that focusses on acquiring material wealth has somehow eluded us from the simple pleasure that life offers.

In our quest to become materially prosperous we have literally surrendered ourselves to the ramifications of modern work culture. At this age, a lot of our time is spent on our desktops and mobile phones. Working 12 hours a day in the office and not taking care of our diet, sleep, and overall health has become the norm of the day. It’s considered a taken.

Would you agree if I told you that there is emotional and mental distress that we suffer every day as a result of hectic work life? I am sure you would! There is a steep rise in the deterioration of mental health