Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Importance of recovery

Apologies for being a bit late than a week to update the blog.

Recovery is reckoned vital to improve running performance. As someone has said - In running the distance you actually don't run (recovery) is more important than that you actually run.

I am in recovery mode this week after last Saturday's 3 hours' Te Henga walk (http://goo.gl/J4rt3) with Riya, my one year old daughter, on my back. Throughly enjoyed the walk with family (Ranu and Riya) and three other friends. I could feel my muscles tire after the walk. Walked again an hour on Sunday. My limbs then said to me, "Raj, recovery time". That is what I am doing this week. So skipped the scheduled run of Monday. Took it easy on the 30 min session yesterday (Wed); Will be doing the same with the rest two scheduled run this week on Friday and Sunday.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Running is in our DNA. Homo sapiens are born to run!

Ponder this - On our way to evolving where Homo sapiens (H) are today, we have basically survived because of one skill - running. We ran to hunt and survive. Neanderthals (N) became extinct but our species survived when the climate fluctuated some 30-50K yrs ago! Ns were too big to run for hunting; they would use their weaponry (in which they were ahead of H. sapiens) to hunt big kills such as the mammoth. 

When the big chill killed large species like the mammoth, N's food source dwindled. They were not suited to run like their H cousins who could run steady for hours - chase a deer until it looses its hoof out of exhaustion! It is that skill to run that saved our ancestors from being wiped out of the face of the planet. The Maasai in Kenya and Tanzania still hunt by exactly practicing this survival skill - running like hell - until the gazelle collapses out of exhaustion!! Fascinating, isn't it?

(Based on my recollection of the analysis on this topic in Chris McDougall's best seller Born to Run)

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Someting Meaningful

"Your life is meaningful only if you do meaningful things", writes Jon Ackland in his running book - Complete or Compete Half Marathon.

When I first read that line I skeptically said to myself - What is so meaningful about running? Now as I am more and more into the running bug that quote comes to my mind so many times when I am running. Yes, running is something definitely meaningful.

Training so far has been satisfactory. Been more consistent in following training schedule from this month. April was a bit random with few and long runs. This Sunday is the first 1hr run in the schedule - looking forward to it. Will be running easy. As they say, it is all about endurance in the marathon.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

1st Post

I will try to update this blog once a week.

The entries will be related to the campaign I initiated in April 2011 to raise fund for Help Nepal Network by running marathon this October.

Further info on the campaign are available at:
https://sites.google.com/site/rajrunsfornepal/
and
http://www.helpnepal.net/story/raj-running-auckland-marathon-appeals-support

Looking forward to receiving your support and encouragement.

Thanks for being here.

Raj