20 Jul 2011

an Inspiring video which touched my heart and made me think!

Barefoot running- foot exercises.

After reading his book " Its not just about the bike", I have always been inspired by Lance Armstrong and his strength and determination to overcome obstacles. I religiously follow his website for advice and tips for running better. Sharing this link for all the barefooters/ non barefooters out there on some really useful foot exercises

Run on! Stay healthy and happy feet!

http://www.livestrong.com/article/420402-foot-exercises-for-barefoot-running/



19 Jul 2011

Sahil- a boy hero who had the spark and was a winner through and through!

 It was a crisp saturday morning  in Gurgaon. I was on my annual family visit. Before landing in New Delhi,I had linked up with Rahul Verghese, chief founder and believer at “Running and Living” a good friend/Samaritan. I had expressed the desire to run with the group. There was a scheduled 5k, 10k run at leisure valley on April 2, 2011. Thanks to my sister Deepa who runs regularly with the group, we both reached the starting point early.  After some quick introduction and warm up sessions, Rahul announced that todays run was for –world autism awareness day and the run was flagged off by Sahil and his dynamic mom.

Sahil, is an autistic teenager who radiates with abundant energy, joy, determination, strength and positivity. On that journey of 5 kms with Sahil, he touched my heart in various ways. The sun was shining bright upon us, I could see that many first time runners had stopped, were cramping up, walking, and some expression of pain was evident on a few faces and there was Sahil who leaped above all those obstacles with a smile on his face and completed the 5 kms run and emerged a winner through and through.

I ran 5kms with Sahil and his mom and a beautiful friendship blossomed. In that journey of 5kms Sahil taught me so much about myself, about life, about the things that really matter! I have always believed in running for a good cause, it makes the “running” so much more worth it and gives  a sense of direction and purpose and I happily dedicated my run to hero Sahil and his lovely mom.

Being a parent is hard. One has to deal with conflicts, challenges, lack of sleep and privacy, worry, heartache, tears, and the reality of never being able to eat a full meal without interruption. And that’s just with a regular kid.
When you add autism into the mix, you also add the sensory challenges, meltdowns, communication issues, various other autism-related challenges, and uncomfortable stares and rude comments from strangers. Sahils mom and me are good friends and I truly cherish this friendship. I humbly bow to her, for her strength and courage and admire her for the positivity she exuberates. And I know that when I visit Gurgaon the next time I will meet them and together we will go out for a run.

Some people walk into your life by chance, and then you thank God that they did!

http://theautismnews.com/2011/07/11/the-birth-of-saath/

17 Jul 2011

http://www.bangaloremirror.com/article/81/201107172011071700225815234ea880b/Run-Maga-Run.html

A small paragraph on my running escapades and barefoot running published in todays Bangalore Mirror.....thank you my friend Sudha Pillai.

Enjoy the reading buddies.

10 Jul 2011

My first pure barefoot run- time to put all the theories to test!

My A-ha! moment today was a wonderful 9 kms run completely barefeet on the promenade...no vibrams, sheer bliss,just me and the elements...what a wonderful way to kick start a sunday.

Kept my "monkey feet" vibrams on the side walk

A little boy staring at my feet was telling his mommy in chinese...look! Look! She is running without any shoes and then he pointed to the vibrams on the sidewalk and was so astonished looking at them.

6 Jul 2011

Let the Chi flow!

I have been practising this form of running for almost a year since reading the book on Chi Running, by Danny Dreyer. This coupled with barefoot running since 6 months, I must admit that most of my long runs have become effortless and enjoyable...this is where and how that journey started!

For more on "Chi Running", look up Diva links

Cheers...enjoy :-)