Creating Monster Runners

A few years back I had heard from people the passion and love for running. The charity which running could generate and the awareness running could create for a cause. There are causes like situations always around. At times, when it was difficult to talk about Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer there were events where people ran and spoke and spread the message. There are small events with big causes and there are big events with no cause at all. Running can be for leisure as well (for sure).  Then, why the pretense and the claims?  I participated in Runaway Floods, a marathons for flood relief held in Chennai, which didn’t make tall claims and have a huge turnout but the organizers showed enough support to all the runners and their contribution towards the money raised for the flood hit places in India back in October 2014. IMG_20141019_073724

There was a big event, Chennai Night Marathon D2D, which supported Love Your Liver Foundation, an initiative by Neville Endeavour’s Foundation in Chennai. Runners poured in with all their dedication and love for the same a widely successful marathon.  Every year Khushi Pediatric Therapy Centre organizes, Autism Cause-a-thon, in awareness for people suffering with Autism. Alongside there is Ace Runner Sayuri Dalvi who organizers a free run for the same awareness. Runners registered in large numbers blocking the spot but not all turned up because it’s a free run and they don’t lose anything by not going and running ( the event had lovely finishers medals and good arrangements with proper refreshments). The Regulars who run with heart The regulars were there the lot who run for passion and care. Joints and Motion have excellent runs arranged every year for various causes. This year I also participated in small events like 8th  Delhi Cross Country Race (Vikaspuri runners) and Fitness Run (Radius 18), which provided finishers medals, T shirts ( on request) and refreshments as well. Pinkathon, made it possible for many women achieve their dreams of running along with Breast Cancer as the core cause I also saw free registrations for daughters along with their mother not only that domestic help and under privileged women were also provided with an platform  to participate and experience the women power in full force. Well enough said about the few mentioned runs. What makes the other runs so expensive and troublesome to participate? Crowd pulling translates into crowd arm twisting with many hurdles put in front of the runners to participate each year. Then what’s the whole point? At SCDM, Dubai provides excellent goodie bag, finishers medal, t-shirt and refreshments along with making people aware about various health issues (same with Standard Chartered Bangkok Marathon) then what sets SCMM on a different level which makes it hard to digest the fact that it’s one of the most expensive run in Mumbai and provides great crowd support which again is the every Mumbaikar who decides to step out and support the runners. Which again means it is the Mumbaikar, which makes the whole experience so good not the mere mention of the organizers.I’m not in protest with SCMM but fail to understand their stand. The overhype does play an important part here. This year the road leading to the ground after the run was extremely jam packed with exhausted runners God lone knows if a runner would have had a problem what would have happened. But again it remains the pulse of every Mumbai runner to at least once in a lifetime run at this event. It’s out of this addition every year the runners with a pinch of salt register and go ahead with marathon.  It’s love for running which makes the event so successful every year and on everyone’s wish list. We need to participate in small as well as big events (agreed) but some justification would be fare, when compared to the other events around the world by the same organizers on the same scale and even better. The whole year one can observe tons of qualifiers runs mushrooming, which talks only about participating in the biggest running event of the year. Okay it’s good to see people up and running but what happens when a fellow runner needs your support. No one stops as their PB (Personal Best) goes for a toss, which means when you register and say you are in it for health fitness and a particular cause, you easily ignore the fellow runner as stopping would affect your personal cause which again is the only PB. I still remember last year when I participated in Pondy Marathon (its first time ) as soon as we started and entered the dark lanes I twisted my ankle and fell flat on the street, other runners around who noticed stopped to help me regain my balance and few called out for help, then what even wrong with Mumbaikars , is the obsession for PB fatal.
One can see Ace Runners like Raj Vadgama, Milind Soman, Sunil Shetty, Sangeeta Shetty, Sayuri Dalvi, Giles Drego, Ram Venkatraman, Venkatraman Pichumani (who never leaves you unanswered when asked for advise) and Nikhil Shah to name a few,  helping and motivating fellow upcoming new runners with their humble ways and a smile. Then, what happens to the over excited, over achieving and over talented runners who ignore the other runner.  Asking each and every runner, what exactly are they running for? What are their running goals?  What is the biggest achievement as a marathon runner? What makes them feel fit? What inspiration they leave behind as a runner?  And lastly, WHY?  The intention behind me writing all this is Just to appeal and tell everyone that every event is important and as happening as you make it. By being there for one another as runners we make a different human race altogether, getting more and more people out on roads to help them develop themselves and realize their goal in life. It’s important to run on the streets together but it is also important to run along. It is not only Personal Best which will give you satisfaction end of the day but the Personal Best Stories you would tell with each marathon and that will make it special not only for you but everyone associated with you.

So be a Responsible Runner not a Proud Runner.

Be Yourself

If you are talkative They will say your over smart, If you are reserved They will say you are selfish, If you talk when required They will say you are mean and manipulate Toh best just be yourself and with ppl who give you positive energy…

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Choice is yours n only yours

You can’t choose your situation but you can choose your reaction n I have chosen to be happy…

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Flowers look lovely even when plucked

Flowers kept indoors still blossom till the time they can…I find it quite inspiring

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Run, Running, Ran…

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Running 2014

        The year that was and will always remain special to me. In the beginning I was a little lost trying to hold on to my ability to manage flights and running soon enough got on to it. From early mornings to super early mornings to night to mid night to flat roads to uneven roads to vertical climbs to hot and cold and rainy days. I braved it all and just ran. 
           From Mumbai to Pune to Pondicherry to Chennai, tried covering all my favorite places. Mid year involved my whole family into running and often spoke endlessly to motivate not only family but friends too. Gave back to the running community by getting my women friends run the women special marathon (Pinkathon) at end of this year.
           I loved the amazing journey and the fact, I inspired non runners to get up and look at running as not only a sport but a way to fitness at doorstep. Happy Running people Stay Fit Stay Blessed…

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“Retail Therapy a Real Therapy”

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    She is 24 (remember you are or once were 24 too the dreams you saw and feelings you got are no different) and hasn’t seen life yet… Together we can and we should make a difference. Life takes a full turn just when something happens out of the blue but there are times when things are not in our control. We have to support and stand by the chosen ones. They are gods children and our inspiration in one way or the other. Yuvraj Singh a ace cricketer came ahead to launch these slick bags along with You we can foundation. Its not only our good will but our responsibility to come ahead and do our bit. Its an ocean of people suffering quietly and helplessly out there.
On the other hand there are thankless people who just find faults and flaws in life. Now its your chance to be on the side you want to be.
Be a motivator Be a person you want to see.
Therefore, I have decided to tell the world about these causes and the efforts people put to put all this together.
Often we think why this happens or that happens but now is the time to just do and not look for answers which are meaningless. Try and get life to people as people are suppose to live a happy life. We as human race are not born to die meaningless or lead a worthless life. Do small things and do little things it’s more than enough. If everyone eats only tomato’s there would not be any tomato’s left. We all need each other and we all need you. Be the you in someone’s life.
There’s so much to do and there’s so little we can do.
Come and be the cause to push the Noble cause ahead.
Log on to http://www.bagforever.com today….

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“Awesome Run to Awesome Breakfast”

So, when you return after a good run, all you want to do is eat a breakfast which is well balanced and high on nutrients. At the same time you have to get those dirty shoes, shorts and tee off to the laundry (before the whole neighborhood gets to know about your awesome run and How fit are you getting by the day?) There are many one stop solutions and ways to do it. Packed and refined are a big no. So why stress the best and the fastest and which will take care of the rest….its non other than Eggs…Eggs…and Eggs…

As the way to prepare and eat is not too complicated then why the process of talking about the same… Just read on…

Here are some easy tips on that breakfast which you can prepare while you are getting ready for work or simply are busy doing the household work.

All you need is…

Two eggs, Bread (white or brown depends of you), Pepper, Salt… optional Cheese and butter…

Equipment

 Microwave, Plate…

Way to do it…

Place two or four breads in the center of the plate or in a pattern, you like. Apply butter and break two or four (if you are really hungry or having a quest over in the morning)

This is how a microwave plate can make things simple and continent in life. Make the same even if you are too bored to make a wholesome breakfast that lazy Sunday morning or are running late to work but never skip your first meal of the day.

So next time when you try this please leave a comment and let me know if you added your own touch to the same.

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