Pre and post ADHM check list

  • Charge your headphones and check if they are working properly
  • Make your ADHM playlist if you have been lazy like me and have waited till the last day for this
  • Ladies… shave your legs and arms if you plan to wear shorts/sleeveless. Yes, yes, even though it is freaking cold. I plan to die in my running shorts. Men- I wish you would shave those legs and arms too but it isn’t mandatory
  • Sleep well on Friday night. A little late for this one, I know
  • Buy your pre run fuel. DO NOT TRY ANYTHING NEW. Eat what you have eaten while training. I will eat 2 bananas in the morning
  • Carry food you plan to eat during the run. DO NOT TRY ANYTHING NEW. I don’t eat anything when I run and I don’t plan to. I bought running gels last week but I will first use them in my training runs.
  • Carb loading. This is supposed to start a week in advance but eat carbs today as well. Carbs does not mean desserts and unhealthy foods. It means potatoes, rice, sweet potatoes, bread. Carbs are different from unhealthy fats.
  • Wear your run day outfit today and check if you are comfortable. Wash the tee given by ADHM.
  • Make post run plans. I am going to Sarvana Bhawan for b’fast. And since I don’t have company as of yet, I won’t have to wait in a long queue for a seat at a table. Everyone will rush to Sarvana or Andhra Bhawan or American Diner for b’fast tomorrow.
  • Carry a change of clothes. You may need them incase you are not heading home directly. You can change in the car. I may just wear a skirt over my shorts.
  • Carry a disposable bottle of water and food tomorrow. Everyone has to reach the venue before 6 am and the run starts at 7 am. There will not be any water/food available there. The first water station will be atleast 1 km into the run. You don’t want to start your run thirsty and hungry.
  • Sleep early tonight. Sleep by 9/9.30 pm.
  • No liquor tonight please.
  • Make epic plans for tomorrow. I am going to sleep, read and watch movies.
  • Get a massage tomorrow. A race is very different from a training run. You will push yourself like you haven’t done before and that is going to hurt. Groupon has some good offers. You can even check out chumping.in.
  • Don’t forget to stretch after the run. Everyone is generally very excited and they skip this part. There are so many runs coming up in December and January, you don’t want to miss out because of sore muscles.
  • Carry your protein shake for post run fuel. I will leave mine in the car. There is a baggage counter at the venue where you can leave it.
  • Most importantly, smile for the cameras. Have fun. Whether you meet your timing target or not, make this a memorable run.

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Injuries

We all have niggles in our body but they don’t surface for most of our life because our body is perfectly capable of leading a sedentary life. According to me, injuries are nothing but us coming face to face with underlying issues that may have cropped up because of a bad diet, bad posture, sleeping pattern, not getting enough sleep, not moving all the muscles in the body etc etc etc. Everyone who works out seriously faces an injury. Sometimes it is because of pushing yourself beyond a certain point and other times, it has to do with a past habit.

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The last long run before ADHM

Today was the last long run before ADHM organised by Adidas (as a promotion for their Delhi Marathon in Feb’16), Coach Ravindra and a few other NGOs.

I was extremely low and bored last few weeks which reflected on my fitness levels. There was no enthusiasm for the gym or running and I just wanted to take a break. In a regular month, this is ok. But not right now. There is ADHM followed by SCMM (Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon) followed by New Delhi Marathon. And if I still have energy or motivation I want to run the half marathon on the F1 track at Greater Noida in March.

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Running advice for beginners from the experts

I attended a session of School of Running organized by Coach Ravinder and the guys at Jogo app today at Leisure Valley. Two long distance runners- Paramvir Singh and Rashmi Mohanty shared tips and answered questions about running. The event was mostly for beginners but nonetheless, it validated some of the things I have learned since I started running.

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