NEVER TOO OLD TO RUN

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Forty years back, forties and fifties were considered old age. I don't think it is so now. With increased life expectancy and most of the youthful years spent in education, competitive exams, getting a job, marriage, family, children, and creating assets; we rather start discovering ourselves only in our early forties.

It is then, that we do some soul searching to find exactly what we are passionate about. We realise that the time left on earth should be made memorable for us and we want to live our life on our terms.

It is also in one’s late thirties or early forties that one has gathered the experience and wisdom to know how his life ought to be. Some people are lucky that they get to know early in life. But not many of us, including me.

I discovered my passion of running, only when I crossed my forty fifth year. When I started, many including my family were sceptical; they doubted my ability and its adverse effects on my health and well-being. However, the consistency and discipline brought the desired results; and I could complete my first half-marathon (21.1 km) within 18 months of taking the plunge. The support and motivation came from the effervescent ‘LetsRun’, the running community/ group from our city, Raipur. The motley group comprising people from varied professional background, gender and age group.

A recent event ‘100 days of running’ (Challenge to run at-least 2km every day for 100 days, without any break) threw an interesting facts; out of the 68 people who participated from our group, 37 (28 male and 9 females) ran all 100 days, while another 9 (5 males and 4 females) completed more than 90 days of running. An age profile of the finishers -

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Almost 50% of all finishers, were above forty and more than 90% of all finishers were above thirty years in age.

All in all, it is never too late to discover one’s passion or interest and take it forward; it may be running, swimming, any sports, writing, music or something unconventional. Find one and pursue.

And when you step into your new shoes someone along the way will point and ask, why this now? Is it useful? What is the purpose? Aren't you old?

Don't answer them. Not worth it.

Your chronological age is only for living purposes. Forget it. You now have a new number to indicate your inner life. You are as old as the passionate job you've taken upon yourself.  Discover yourself, keep changing, stay young; always.

NARENDRA SHARMA

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Now I run for MYSELF

A kindergarten teacher, part time house maker and mother of two. Yes, I do Run around my kids at home and school, but that is all.

Hi, myself, Roshni Shukla.

The thought of running, always makes me feel good. In childhood, like any other student, I participated in school runs. But never made a career out of it.

15 years after student life, again got this chance 2 years back, when a half marathon was organised by letsrun group in Raipur.

I participated in that just for fun, running away from routine life. I did my first ever 6k along with my 8 year old son. The thrill stayed with me.

This year I enrolled with 100 days of running. It came to me like a fresh wave of happiness. I would get up everyday with a thought- "I have to finish today's Run".

I became selfish, I learnt to take out some time for myself.

It was difficult on some busy days and no company as no one else participated from my town. But the caption- " come what may" helped me finish each day.

Sometimes in jungle resort, sometimes in heavy rain, on busy days at midnight and stealing some space between family gathering. But yes I finished them all.

Now when I see it, 100 days of running had made me a better person.
And getting a position on the group leaderboard is like a cherry on top.

Thank you - 100 days of running, now I run for MYSELF.

 

What LETS RUN and HDOR did to me

For a premature child, who started walking at an age of 2; running initially made his parents rather apprehensive than appreciative. Running or any athletic activity for me then became secondary to studies. Outdoor sports were never part of my schooling life or graduation life.

A bronchitis attack in 2002 changed my life, making yoga/pranayama and morning walk part of daily routine. Daily 4-5km walk gave ample health benefits; and during year 2016 with some inspiration, it metamorphosed into running. A successful completion of 5Km run in IIM Raipur event of Feb 2017 made me a distance runner. Later during 2017, I ran 11Km and 10Km run for the first time. A 5day-5km challenge in Jan 2018 introduced me to the tribe, where I belonged – LETS RUN; the running community from Raipur.

After completing first half marathon in Feb 2018, I had tasted the blood. Running, now was seeking a new challenge; and it got one: 100 days of running (HDOR).

It made schedule tweaked, shift engagements and room for running. Running shoes became an essential part of my travel bag. Sound and smell of new cities and scary by-lanes/ localities made running alive and connected authentically.

Running daily for HDOR made me physically stronger, no doubt; but also made me mentally resilient and rediscover the WILL. It awakened the realization that competition was against the distance, neither with the fellow runners nor against the time.

The unstinted support of family particularly my wife was pivotal to the successful completion of challenge. It did taught a lesson about the importance of your support team in achieving success in any passion you pursue.

Running is then a bountiful gift which brings immense joy into one’s life, but the joy stays, only when one shares it. I owe an incredible debt to our running community, LETS RUN, for everything it has brought to me and for everything it has unearthed in me.

What LETS RUN and HDOR did to me is aptly summarized by Henry David Thoreau: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

NARENDRA SHARMA

An Engineer, Entrepreneur and finally a Runner

Age is just a number; more, the better.

My New Passion

How my new passion took me to Pondicherry & it was Runderful

In August 2017, I said that the only time you’d ever find me running was if Godzilla were chasing me. Then, 6 months later, I ran a half marathon on February 2018. Due to work pressures and lifestyle changes, the only form of good workout for me was swimming and that too was seasonal, I definitely couldn’t run a single mile in a row. To my surprise that all changed way sooner than I had expected.

 

On 15th August 2017, I was shocked, frustrated and felt terrified; it all seemed pointless on first day of my run. However, I decided to stick to it & with a few more runs things started looking better, I could track my improvements and was able to do more with each run. All these while I kept reminding myself what JK Rowling Said “ Remember the first rule of self-improvement – Always have achievable goals.” and in next 100 days I was able to do 6k and 10k and it felt great. There was a change in my attitude; I was more open to new challenges, all thanks to my newfound Passion.

I kept hearing about the adventures of a runners group called Let’s Run in my city. A few months back 26 members of this group had successfully accomplished the half marathon at Ladakh, which not only intrigued but also excited me at the same time, as I had never imagined of doing a marathon.  I soon joined “Lets run” and made new friends, while running along side them I learnt a lot about running. One fine day “Sunil Babu” asked me about my interest to join for Auroville Marathon at Pondicherry on Feb 2018, followed which he saw the biggest smile on my face.

 

With so much momentum built up for the Auroville Run, I had no other option but to put all my efforts to train for the “Big Day”. The six of us started our journey from Raipur to Pondicherry (via Hyderabad & Chennai) and before reaching Pondicherry our journey of fun and excitement had already begun. Starting from south Indian delicacies to round of beers, all we did was talk & talk, which then followed with an outburst of laughter; we sure were the nosiest passengers through out the trip. As soon as we reached Pondicherry we wasted no time & straight away head out on our two wheelers to explore the city. The feel of the city was marvelous, we were in Indian but it didn’t felt like it, the beaches were neat, weather was pleasant and people were gentle to talk, no wonder its called “French Polynesia of India”. We spent 3 nights at Pondicherry, and on 3rd day we had our Auroville Marathon.

 

The night before the “Big Day” I was a bit nervous as this being my first 

marathon run and I had traveler too far to attain this bliss. The performance pressure let me to retire early in evening where as the rest of the gang were busy chilling around till late night. On the day of event we all kicked of at 6:30 am and with all the fortune stars on my side I took 2:23 minute(s) to finish my first half marathon. It was my moment of blissful, soulful & Runderful experience, thankfully I didn’t missed on the opportunity to click a selfie to treasure it as a memory.

We have so many stories from the trip to share but I am sure I wont do justice to it writing them down here, one has to be involved in the story telling sessions which we have after our morning runs. Now when looking back to the trip to reflect on the event, it feels nothing less than a new school trip to me where you go on behalf of your school to participate for a tournament along with your new friends. Where the journey itself was so fulfilling the result of the tournament was never a worry, thanks to the Team Lets Run without which this would not have happened to me.

 

Vinay Agrawal

Successful Entrepreneur & Passionate Runner

 

5 day 10/5 K challenge – 2018

We had 5-day 5 k between 31st Jan and 4th Feb 2018 we invited Raipur Round table 169 to join us in the challenge. We started with 35 regulars for both the categories, this time we had 7 participants who were doing alone out of which 2 were from Durg n Pune. We finished strong with some 25 completing the challenge. Many joined us for single days. We asked 2 from 5 k and 2 from 10 k to write us their experience.

5 Day 5K – Runner Amardeep

IT was a very healthy experience throughout. I am

 not a elite runner, not even a born runner but what I realized in these five days is that run

 

ning is a skill which we need to develop minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day.

Let’s run team was very energetic, helpful and kept us motivated throughout five days, daily new location left us excited and explore new location every day. I would like to further participate in the other events conducted by let’s run.

 

Amardeep K.  Gandhi

B.E. (Civil), M.Tech.(Struct)
Sr. Engineer – Sustainability
Arch-Tech Consultants

 

5 Day 5K – Runner Narendra

I’m running since year and a half; and have run two 10K marathons, including last year’s letsrun’s 10K. However, running 5 days continuously without recovery breaks have not been tried by me; your challenge intrigued me to step out of the comfort zone and hit the ground running. And I did it, though the last day was a bit challenging. It tested my resolve and brought out a stronger me.

Thanks to your motivation, I look forward to keep challenging myself regularly and participate in next 21K marathon of Letsrun and many more events of letsrun. Keep running! For running reminds us that we can do difficult things.

Narendra Sharma

Holy Cross, Byron Bazar Alumni (Class 1989) GEC/NIT Raipur Alumni (Class 1993)

 

5 Day 10K- Runner Vinod

helps you to connect with your soul. I feel this is the purest way to connect with nature and makes you fall in love with everything around you. For the last one year I am regularly associated with this habit. I start my day with running and consequently the whole day is full of energy, all the tensions dissipated and more focus towards my goal. Don’t wait that happiness will come tomorrow just wake up go for the run, happiness is there.

It’s really enjoying and fills you with peace and satisfaction and spirit to win, even your family life will become happier. By sweating, the impurity of body is removed and body and mind become pure. So, you stay fit and healthy physically as well as mentally and that’s how it leads towards spirituality also. So, let’s go outside in the morning and start your day by run to make your life cherishful and aimful. Keep Running Keep Inspiring.

 

Vinod Kumar Pandey

EDUCATIONIST, SHIVAM EDUCATIONAL ACADEMY

5 Day 10K- Runner Amarpreet

 

I am feeling elated to share 10k, 5-day challenge which was between 31st January and 4th of February

it was very motivational for me to participate n except 10k 5-day challenge. Which I completed successfully in good pace & timing with enthusiastic runners who all have been running regularly. All 5 days I ran on different locations n tracks which was a great experience in itself and for that the credit goes to team letsrun. Enjoyed early morning weather n sun rise, which was very refreshing.

It was a test of endurance n strength for me and I’ll surely try to participate in event like this in the future.

sincerely thanks all Let’s Run members n Mr Vinay Tiwary for motivation and for making me a part of team letsrun

I Am PROUD TO BE A RUNNER

A Marathon will help you discover the strength you never knew you had.

 

Amarpreet Singh Chandhok

 

Up in the HILLS

“We are only half mad, just ran the half marathon at the highest marathon in the world”
-Team Lets Run

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We are often told by our non runner friends that it takes a special kind of idiot to run 21 km at 5 am in the morning in Raipur. So it came as no surprise that when all of us decided to make the journey to Leh for the highest marathon in the world, most people concluded that we were now beyond repair !

 

Nevertheless, we ventured to Ladakh, strong in will and spirit ! Most of us chose to arrive a week to 5 days prior the race so as to acclamatise to the high altitude and get some22042150_10159447395395341_6949487079579377755_o (Small) practice under our belt before the big day. We did find time to go around and were simply awestruck by the majestic landscape the region has to offer. We also found time to spend one night at the Pangong Lake which was truly an exhilarating experience as photographs will show !

The first practise run in Leh brought the challenges of high altitude running to the fore. Most of us were left gasping for breath in the first two kilometers and were simply defeated by the relatively low oxygen levels and the varying elevation ! The second run at Pangong Lake (@ 14000 ft!) was surprisingly the harbinger of confidence in many of21427450_10159360484425341_7699699339924118812_o (Small) us. Running along the beautiful Pangong Lake is one experience which I will cherish for a lifetime despite the unforgiving running conditions. Although, we had a professional photographer in our midst, we all agreed that no photo could do justice to the inexplicable vistas we experienced there while running.

By the time the big day arrived, we were all in high spirits. All kinds of energy drinks and potions were readied the night before. Calculations and combinations to tackle the race, all of which were for the mind and not for the body, were thoroughly discussed. I guess somewhere in our mind we all knew that though we will make it, it will be perhaps the toughest run of our lives !

The atmosphere at the start point in the morning was electrifying ! We could see runners from all over the world on the field converging towards the start point. The Sun Gods had offered some respite and the overcast weather made the conditions ideal for running. The half marathon track entailed a downhill run for the first 10km, varyingly plane for the next 7 km and stark uphill for the last 4km. The first 10km downhill along the Mahabodhi Road was a breeze for all of us with some of us touching Raipur like speeds. It was only after the first 10km, that we realised the challenges of the race. The track now ran along the Leh-Keylong and the Leh-Manali highway. Nevertheless, we managed and made it to the 17km mark. The last four kms were the final frontier and it was all uphill !

The stretch was excruciating and you could see most people walking rather running, even the Ladakhis ! The last 100 meters were downhill, much needed for all runners to finish with grace. Crossing the finish line was crossing into a celebration with most of us breaking into a dance !

After all that raining and all that hype, we had already made it! The run was indeed an21457337_10159372610235341_7532480784471265479_o (Small) experience ! It was proud moment for our team as all 30 of us finished the race before the cut off time with Tarang Khurana leading the pack with an impressive 2 hrs 7 min.

Finishing the race gave us all a sense of deep accomplishment which we will carry with us for a long time to come. Obviously, we followed the run by a king-sized lunch and a big celebration at the team hotel afterwards, Lets Run style !

 

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Praharsh Agrawal

Meticulous runner

 

PEDALING THROUGH THE RAIN

“Cool rain transforms the steaming pavement.

I bike and smile nonchalantly.”-Anonymous

 

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A true rider rides, no matter what time of year.

“Riding in the rain” as a phrase may sound romantic but could be nerve-racking due to slick and slippery roads.

Riding in wet weather has its own set of challenges, but if done right, it can actually be fun.

 

Waterproof and breathable apparel

Wear a good ventilated waterproof jacket to keep your torso dry. Look for breathable material, so you don’t overheat. Wear a good pair of water resistant shoes and use a cycling cap (cycling casquette) under your helmet which will act as a barrier for your head.

Ride smoother and smarter

Be gentle on your brakes. Braking should be deployed earlier and lighter to avoid skidding. Be careful while cornering as tires lose purchase more easily in turns, so you need to keep your body more upright through corners. Just go slow, don’t be after pace.

Flaunt the fenders

Use a pair of fenders especially during group rides to avoid all that mud and filthy water splashing up onto you. According to many, fenders are uncool and rattly but keep a large amount of dirt and grit off your body and bike both.

Adjust your bike accordingly

Well, MTBs and hybrids are better than road bikes for wet weather riding as they offer better grip than road bikes due to wider tires. But with a little caution and skill you can ride a road bike safely too in this weather.

Decrease your tire pressure by 5 to 10 psi to get better traction.

Be more cautious

Avoid riding through standing water. Standing water can be dangerous as you don’t know what is lurking beneath. It might just be a puddle, but then it could be a wheel smashing pothole. So, keep scanning the road while riding.

So, don’t miss out on one of the best cycling experiences amid rain and mud. Be confident and ride like a pro.

Let the rain drench your body, not your spirit.

Happy and safe riding everyone!

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Written by

K Tripti Rao

Lawyer, Rider, Runner, Foodie

My Run – My Story

Last November I got the opportunity to run in the Marathon organised by Letsrun team. As soon as I reached that venue the whole aroma was sensitizing and elative…endorphins were out on the track even before the run by the Rock music..a smart Event Jockey and that gives a good warm up .

The Class of people was so friendly and boost ups. All had come not to see any celebrity or hear any lecture of a leader but JUST TO RUN.

Time management was excellent. The way the DJ went along with us for first kilometer gave a good pace (although I missed it later on when the lactic acid made the calves cry 😣).

Although the finish line seemed very far in last few minutes and was thinking to ask for a lift… but alas no vehicles allowed there😉… then saw Dr Vinod Tiwary Sir clapping to all & that was enough to limp up to the finish line.. BRAVO.. And then met my friend Dr Alok Dixit, a seasoned runner, and after a selfie with him as was ready to say bye to him, he to my surprise said… “Breakfast le ke jaa”… Hunger pangs were equally rhyming with the calf pain.. so the offer made me walk pace to pace with Dr Alok to the Grand feast… it was so hygienic and nourishing… I had forgotten all table manners as if a lion gets a deer after a long hunt.

Then, Dr Vinod Tiwary Sir & other seniors of Letsrun team stood for hours patiently to give medals to all of us… felt as it I have won Olympic Gold 😁

The registration fees was actually very nominal seeing the facilities provided. It can be increased further so that the team is not at loss.. Diabetes & Hypertension after all comes with money.. so spending few chips ultimately saves more when it comes to health.

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Why I wished to write it all today & not earlier because I am seeing that most other local marathons are not up to the mark. They neither serve the purpose for which they aim… nor do they convey the message for health properly…. just think if you want to spread the message for Swacch Bharat and you are asking all to run… all the trash of T-shirts thrown on roads, the disposables of water thrown helter shelter by the participants… after the event the whole scene is dirtier than before.. No bio toilets.. all can be seen peeing road sides.. poor ladies cant dare even that.

Marathon should be reserved to spread the message of health.. Nice aesthetic disciplined atmosphere like LetsRun leaves an aura of happiness at the end which tempts the participants to return to the track next time.. fitter & slimmer.

It will be great if the team garlands the finishers with medals as soon as they reach finish line ..they can take selfies soon after.. it will save time and energy of participants and organizers..

Waiting to meet u all in the next event.. till then Run..n..Rock..n…Roll ..

Kudos Dr Vinay and Team

Dr Rohit Mishra

Daudegi Vimlaa tabhi toh Healthy Banega India

Fit Women Make Healthier Nations

On this International Women’s Day, I want to highlight attention on the importance of regular physical activities and health awareness for women.

PicsArt_11-12-02.58.46Women all over the world have come a long way, constantly breaking the glass ceiling, distinguishing themselves in various fields. However, they generally tend remain nonchalant about their health after a particular point of time.

There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to accomplish everything. And by trying to play too many roles  for  achieving an A+ in every aspect , they forget to  realize, that there exists another relationship, with yourself!

No matter how hectic your routine is, cut yourself some slack and create time for your own fitness regime and healthy habits.

Family and the society must also support and encourage more women to take up fitness activities. But, the most important  freedom is to be what you really are…There cannot be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, at an individual level And, It’s got to happen inside first!

So ladies, Push yourselves out of the bed, Put on your shoes and kill it on the run!

Work Hard, Eat Clean and Stay Fit!

Daudegi Vimlaa tabhi toh Healthy Banega India

Runner Deepali

#letsrun #RaipurRunners #EmpoweredWomen #HealthyIndia

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5 Day 10k / 5K Challenge – Runners review

We took a challenge Feb  2017 between 1st to 5th to run 10K / 5K daily for 5 days. We started with 55 Beginners and 37 Finishers. We had some fantastic reviews from runners, some of them are quoted below.

 

Runner Deepali 5 Day / 10 KM Champ

I’ll be honest to say that I was a bit nervous about how I’m going to hammer out 10k for 5 days, without any rest days in between and come out injury free. But I took it up to gauge my strengths and limitations.
Fortunately, I finished the challenge without any injuries, largely because I listened to my body and to the periodic tips/advice given by our experienced runners. It’s not Running that causes injury, its carelessness!
Big Kudos to all the participants, especially women, who nailed it!
Thanks to Letsrun team for the motivation and keeping up the spirits.

Runner Neera 5 Day / 5 KM Champ

Was a real challenge for me as I participated for first time in this challenge running continuously for 5 days. I loved the serene location of the run with helpful group of friends. Hats off to the team for making these run interesting with Zumba before we kick started our daily runs n helping us with the basic necessities like water, (gulucose / medical kit) for emergency. My experience with this 5 days challenge has taught me to challenge myself n I am looking forward for many more such occasions to join, run n enjoy

Runner Pratyush 5 Day / 10 KM Champ

I just like the person I have become since LetsRun happened (yeah its a phenomenon). Taking up challenges has pushed limits i thought were unattainable by me. But then LetsRun Team is there to buck you up and keep you going. Running is a mental sport but then so are we – “INSANE! LetsRun Team”.

Runner Rohit 5 Day / 5 KM Champ

5days – 5km!!! thank u Let’s Run for a thoughtful & very well organised event. The venues were perfect, the motivation was infectious – would not have been able to complete the challenge of full 5 days without the support. Had a great experience, definitely coming back! #yedilmangemore
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