Running and Fitness Ki Duniya
Words/terminology/expressions explained: thoda seedha -thoda tedha
Photos courtesy: BNPGR friends, Pexel.com, sketches by Riva & Tvisha, Dave grandlund
You must be smart😎 to use a smartwatch.🤩
The way it is being evolved technologically; you will need special orientation training to understand it so you can use it!🤨
Unlike the old HMT (the gen-next will have to google to find what does HMT mean)
SW truly belongs to pure Sci-Fi era.👾
SW reads you inside out.
Track your activities (running, walking, cycling, swimming, hiking etc.)
Monitor your heart rate (with all kind of statistics)
Weather (with charts/graphs etc)
Reminders(with music settings )
Directions (with vibrations cues)
Voice commands and dictations
Purchase activity (with stored credit cards)
Social media notifications
Fall detection with notification
Lumi -watch with projection facility
More being added….😳
By the way, it also tells you the time! 🤦🏻♂️
It is already defined as “wearable computer in the form of a wristwatch”.
A super multitasking guy can now easily claim “Oh I completed office meeting/traded in equity/consulted my doctor/played PUBG as I ran my full marathon/ultra”😎
There are different kind of SW users (you may say, buyers!)
Type 1 : BBBW: basically she/he loves to spend and show off!😎🥳 She/he is a Big Brand buyer but use the SW minus S i.e she/he is more using it as a watch.
Type 2 : OFT: He/she has bought this mainly for running. 🏃🏻♀️🏃🏻♂️Some function of GPS along with a couple of other features are used and activated.
Type 3 : IEFA: initially a lot of excitement is expressed. He/she goes through Youtube videos, consults other runners/fitness freaks in the circle. For few days half a dozen features are monitored on a daily basis. Soon the initial euphoria fades away. SW works within a specified zone.😌
Type 4 : Nerds: They love the SW. They constantly talk about it. They become expert to fellow runners and more enthu even post their Gyan on Youtube . 😅
The most awaited feature in SW: Smart Watch ( with blue tooth linking ) which can read the mood and predict wife’s reaction.😂 Some have requested to have an additional selection: wife and/or boss!🤣
…………………… boring!🙃 क्या???( what )
oh, you are getting this kind of flash message on your smartwatch.
You have the reading feature on your smartwatch??
It is helping you to analyse the content of my blog on running and fitness की दुनिया !
Oh I see.
News: Egyptologists have discovered the new tombs of Ram-ran-as: IV and
They have discovered artefacts. The hieroglyphs have been decoded, 121 artefacts have been found and now it is clear that the artefacts are actually Finishers’ medals.
Many are from the “Walk like an Egyptian marathon edition”.
(Ram-ran-as: IV used to love running and Run-go-mun: V was in duathlon as he also loved swimming in the Nile river.)
My sincere apologies🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 to the:
1)Sense and sensibilities of all Egyptologists🙏
2)First mummy ever discovered🙏🙏
3)The last reader who is reading this photoblog🙏🙏🙏 (the reader who is as rare as the artefacts of olden times)
The above far-fetched idea may not be very stupid when you visit many Run-addicts.
Runners have their showcase full of Finishers’ medals. They display their medals in office cabinets/ home showcases/made special stands to hang them.
it is a medal (traditionally made from a metal alloy )which is given to each participant who completes the marathon race within the given time limit.
Or more contemporary definition in times, when 52 Sundays in a year have 152 marathons scheduled!
Finisher’s medal: it is a medal (traditionally made from a metal alloy) which is given to you at the end of the race
1)When you have paid a bomb for the registration😳
2) You have not been given any goodie bag😳😳
(repeat: when you have paid a bomb for the registration)
3) When you have not been given any Tee😳😳🥺 (repeat: when you have paid a bomb for the registration)
4) Race route may or may not be clearly marked (you may have run extra or less)
5) On the race route, you realise that this is a self-help race (not different from your regular practice runs)
And then when you get the finisher’s medal you have that feeling: “चलो यार कुछ तो मिला “ ( boss, in the end, I got something at least !)
The typical characteristics of finisher’s medal
1) It is and has to be all-inclusive ( सबको मिलेगा: everyone will get it)
2) It is non-discriminative ( i.e. for the same category of the race everyone will get a same size-design-MOC medal)
3) It is not linked to pace: you may be a fast or a slow runner. If you are within the overall cut-off time, you will get one.
4) It is traditionally hung (either using ribbon or thread)
5) It is compulsorily followed by selfie or selfies!🤩😘😎
6) The most likely selfie will be you trying to eat the medal (biting the same, knowing fully well that it is not the round chocolate)🤪
the finisher’s medal culminates the months of gruesome training
(if you have done!🙂😉)
it gives the great sense of achievement when you actually complete the race, 💪and someone garlands the medal around your neck. 🏅🎖️
It is a memento of huge achievement and carries a lot of stories and memories.
Of late a lot of experiments have happened to make it more unique.
What?🧐 As someone whose life revolves around running🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️, you also want all your finishers’ medal to accompany you during your last journey ????🤷🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️……………. Amen!
Scene 1 :
You have got up late !
Yes, this was the plan you all agreed as you wanted to have a laid-back morning.🥱
Monday to weekend work-tunnel had taken the toll and this is the well-deserving mini-vacation in GOA.😎
You take the romantic अंगड़ाई 🥰and turn on the bed to touch your partner in crime:👩❤️👨 the better half and What the heck!: He is just not there!🧐
He must have gone for the morning run!😡 (swear word) ……को यहाँ भी running करनी है.!!! (swear word: wants to run on our vacation also!)
“I will have 4 egg whites with a lot of veggies!”
You say with great pride.😎
The immediate effects are not very impressive. The crowd around you have gone into social distancing norms as they all are standing away from you. 🤨
You are into your running shorts and tees, the Janta ( crowd)around is with the best of the morning attire.
It is a Five-star property next to the sea
and you are the odd man out. Just completed 18 km run, very happy, tried a little handwash/ face wash, but you are still little sweaty.🤪
Even when most around are not very happy with you, you remain very happy
Welcome to Runcation
Runcation: Planning a vacation around marathon race or regular running.
More and more runners are redesigning their vacations and itineraries so that he/she/they are able to:
a) coincide the date of a major marathon within their vacation
b) work out itineraries with scenic routes
c) to get in touch with local runners’ club (beforehand) so that they are able to run with locals when they are on vacations.
d) indulge in some altitude training when on hill stations
Soon there will be niche players offering you the runcations
I have been running for the last 9 years and I have indulged in all of the above.
Initially, I alone was into running but runcations became divine’ once my better half joined the world of running and became more committed runner than me.
We have run during almost all our vacations (runcations) Right from Lahul Spiti in eastern Himachal Pradesh to London -Edinburgh, From hills of rural Nagaland to the streets of Singapore.
We have done it all and are still counting.
I have also gone on road trips with friends with one of the stated aims: run during road trips.
We have run in the jungles of Chhattisgarh to the streets of Thimpu-Bhutan.
Yes, reader-runner friend, if you are still not into runcations, it is the right time….plan one for the next opportunity.🙏
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You have just started your run, but you are still feeling stiff.🐌
Yes, you have done your warmup and running A-B-C. Did you enjoy the warmup? Maybe??
You have some self-doubts:
1) Was it dinner late at night?🍟🍕
2) Is it due to lack of sleep?🌚🦉
And you are a bit worried! “Oh, how am I going to do 18 km? 🧐(it can be any number).
Soon you cross 1 km. Once you are into 2 to 3 km zone or 15 to 20 minutes into your slow sluggish run you suddenly feel the difference.
“Is it the new wind beneath my wings? I mean my legs.?!!”
It the feeling of more energy and fewer efforts once you have completed 15 to 20 minutes of slow run or 2 to 3 km of the running distance.🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♀️
By this time your body and mind have truly opened up. You are in unison with your running.
Different runners get second wind feeling as per their physiology and mind-body condition.
So dear reader-runner friend: “When do you get your second wind??”1️⃣❓
(someone frustrated with the present lockdown❌( April 2020 ) :
“what second wind?, bloody there is no wind of any kind…except the wind due to same old fans ( अब तो उनकी सफाई भी मैं ही करता हूँ🤓 /I clean all the fans) or AC fan /blower )
The only acid we get used to once we come into the rat race is the acid which gives us acidity pangs.😫
During the most challenge🤑 accepting- career establishing -young age years, we have the will power to push us to go for
a) Long working hours😶
b) Multiple tea/coffee and even cigarettes☕
c) Intense competitive and jealousy filled never quit attitude🤢😈
d) Early morning flights followed by extended working hours (to save the day and achieve targets)😖😲
e) Business dinners – Networking dinners
f) Lack of sleep
And you soon establish your relationship with gastric acid and related recurring complications. The hydrochloric acid which you had seen in a chemistry lab(during school/college) at times keeps popping out in your oesophagus with of repeated reminders: “Hi there !”
you finally get the “wisdom” and like many of us become a runner!😎
Running changes your lifestyle!
Or rather you must change your lifestyle if you want to become and remain a runner.😅😂
No more late nights!
No more bloated tummy (you just cannot run with that kind of condition)
You rediscover good food and not so good food.
Water intake genuinely goes up and so on.
You overcome the acid(gastric) and acidity problem but your relationship with Acid gets rekindled when you get your first serious cramps.
During serious running, energy demand goes up.
Glucose becomes the fuel which is broken down.
This process produces lactic acid as the by-product.
During an intense workout, the rate at which this lactate is produced is faster than the rate of lactate removal by the body, causing lactate concentrations to rise.
You get cramps and you are now told to blame lactate 😉(lactic acid).
Some runners also have that psychological km termed as lactate kilometres marks.🤦🏻♂️ During a full marathon, someone may have 35 plus km zone as lactate -cramp zone😝 whereas half marathon can have 18 km plus zone as full-throttle lactic acid production time.
So dear reader-runner friend, What is your lactate threshold ???🧐
Please do not go wild in/with imagination!
No – no it is not some exotic marathon exclusively held in one of the Nudist destinations.
(wait do not revise your bucket list or google the race/s with the exotic heading: Optional clothing)
Please remember, we are Indians. संस्कार और संस्कृति हम में कूट कूट के भरी है/ हम तो सपने में भी जब किसी के साथ नहाते है तो पूरे कपड़ों के साथ ही नहाते है।
( we are full of Cultural Gyan and ours is the best civilisation! We are so cultured that even in our wildest dream of having bath with someone, we are fully covered in clothes.)
Running without gadget/s or a lot of gears.
Remember the off repeated cartoon by Dave Grandlund on whatsaap and other social media?(with different versions )
The runner with
The belt for 4 bottles
Multilayer upper wear (designer one)
2-in -1 shorts
Drone flying over and ahead for route view (smartwatch)
Energy booster- fruit rich laddus
Protein powder in sachet (post-run shot)
A couple of photographers
The list can go on…
As one gets into running, he is slowly drawn into the world of paraphernalia. Initially running looks a very low-cost recreation sports activity, but soon you can indulge (surpassing your own earning standard.)
But some go beyond. Running for some becomes meditative. Beyond one threshold few of the runners revisit: Back to the basics” Some even develop their own thumb rules.
They slowly develop and understand
What is my present pace (without the help of any smart GPS watch)
I have already covered approximately 8 plus kilometre (without checking the time spent or GPS)
Oh my BPM is just not right, must be zone 4, let me reduce my pace.
Some even start running barefoot.
The journey now takes 180-degree turn
No shoes-No GPS-No paraphernalia.
It is just the runner and his running. Both in unison!
(fear of missing out)
Everyone has FOMO!😞
Even though the FOMO is more universal, and we undergo all kinds of FOMOS, let’s relate it to running.
Once we join any running group/club, our happiness gets guaranteed 🥳if we remain part of a larger group activity. 🤝
There is always the struggle in balancing🤹♂️ the work-family-running schedules-group workouts.
Soon there are great initiatives:
“Come and join the family-run programme!”👨👩👦👦
“Come and join the beach run”🌊
“Come and join the Four city Run-Eat-Drink-Explore🏃🏻♀️🥙🍻🧐 programme.”
“Come and join Ladakh/Satara/Auroville/International marathon “: ‘Race a marathon and have nonstop fun with friends and family.”
Whenever these kinds of initiatives are announced FOMOs are bound to be there. 😟😔
I want to join but I have family function/commitment😖
I want to join, but I must travel on those dates😩
Oh, we have already planned the visit to the UK (to be with my sister) .
How can we afford two overseas vacations within 8 months?💲💲
Oh, I have simply finished all the excuses and now my wife/family will not get into any of my wild stories…🤦🏻♂️oh I not only have FOMO-
I am going to miss out and my FOMO becomes CMI
………………………………… cannot make it
Funny terms get associated with the world of running.🤦🏻♂️
Any guesses what does this mean??🤔🤔
The literal conclusion may give you some images in your mind🐸🐸 (depends on how much खुराफ़ाती is your mind) but they all are off the mark.
The Race :
You have started your half marathon run smartly. You have started slowly.
You are allowing your mind-body to reach the ideal equilibrium so that you can increase your pace and stick to the race strategy (if at all you have one😅).
You are committed to running. Looking here and there is not your style of running. You are almost like a horse in the race- a one-track mind and focused.😶
Beyond 12 or 14 km you find the runner in front of you is a kind of in slow lane🚶🏻♂️
Is he slowing down for the water break?⏳
You notice his posture: head tilting little on his right.↗️
You change the lane and proceed. You have your own water break or run-walk strategy.
During your own chosen slow down phase you see the girl with two ponytails circumventing 🈁you from behind and showing her displeasure, as you have unknowingly slowed her down.
Very soon you get into “catch me if you can kind of mutual catching up game.” And yes, you keep catching up with each other.
You are now running in the zone wherein a certain set of same pace runners (and maybe similar race strategy runners) are running in the same zone.
There is now the fair chance that you, the tilted head and the ponytail girl will be crossing the finishing line within 30 to 60 seconds time zone.
You all have been leapfrogging ( 38/50 ) each other as you were continuously passing and being passed by the same person/persons in the close vicinity during the race.(by the way, leapfrog work out is actually inspired by the obvious 😀)
39 / 50
(obviously coined from A ‘ ole😉)
If you are so obsessed😍🤩🧐 with running 🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♂️that you
a) Write 50 words/terms/expression related to running and keep on posting to various groups without bothering much about the atrocity 😫😫and aftereffects😶😮 of the same (I know some weird guy who does that)
b) Write 100 reasons why I run as photoblogs and keep sharing with anyone and anyone
c) Write Shayari (poetry) on what else running!🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️
d) Love to organize outstation runs/ International marathon group tours
e) Keep coming up with new excuses and reasons to have picnics/tours/get together somehow linked to / associated to running and running.🥺
f) Aim to write 100 plus photo blogs dedicated to the subject of running
You can be called as Runhole
(oops… I did not realize who you all may relate this to…🤦🏻♂️)
[courtesy: the website runhole.com ( आई शपथ there is a registered website with this term)]:
A person who runs talks about running, posts about running, gleefully neglects and forsake everything but running.
from another internet posted version
An irritating runner neglects his/her friends, family and significant others when she/he trains for a race (which happens to be all round the clock). He/she talks incessantly about …what else RUNNING! He /she can be identified with the typical excuse” I cannot, I have a long run in the morning!
What ??????????????? you are also a proud Runhole??? You bet!😈🤝😈
In today’s social media savvy world📧📲 runfie may not need any explanation.
Runners get into marathon running with solely one aim – to click the selfie as proof that she/he ran, or she/he is THE RUNNER.
Runfies can be of many types
40a: The *mandatory one: You at the end of the race trying to bite the non-bitable finisher’s medal😅😆
40b : *Do the dab one:
finisher’s medal can be hanging on your chest or it can still be in your mouth😋-still trying to bite-now more firmly so that during the do the dab it does not dab out( I mean fall out😉) or it can be in your hand with ribbons nicely caressing your extended arms.
Note: Do the dab is usually with your arms going towards your right(unless you are a kind of leftie, you may find your do the dab as kind of reverse tab with your friends in the single frame😂)
40c: You mimicking the running action. You have already completed 42 km, but Janta around social media needs proof that you did it with the action of “running” so here is the proof. Runfie with you little bending down, little lunge in action mode, smiling to the Janta as if you will burst into a sprint😄
40d: V for Victory:
This looks great with one more V in the form of We. The group of runner friends (with we are the finishers kind of backdrop) all oozing out aggressive smiles like real conquerors showing the sign of V with your hand in little sexier-tilted position. The angle at which the hand tilts depends on your body tilt.😂 Newbies must practice this before they actually run their first marathon🤣🤣
Apart from this the finishers-the conquerors runfies there can be a
The whole lot of runfies.
Maybe if you all help we can make proper manual “50 runfies you must run, I mean you must click before you complete one marathon”
(courtesy Captain Jack from Pirates of the Caribbean)
end of 4/5 ( 31 to 40 0f 50 running and fitness terms)