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"The Will to Win means nothing without the will to prepare" - Juma Ikangaa, 1989 NYC Marathon winner. Aravind Kumar is a UESCA certified running trainer, nutrition coach, an accomplished runner and Playfiks athlete. In this article, he offers some insight why you should consider a structured training plan, and what that training might look like. Until mid last year, I was blindly registering for races and participating in them before I realized my mistake. Unless you are someone who purely runs for the joy of running, there is no point in just registering for races and running without tr...

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Aravind Kumar is a UESCA certified running trainer, nutrition coach, an accomplished runner and Playfiks athlete. In this article, he offers some insight into why we should warm-up and gives a handy hint on how to make sure you do... Why is a Warm Up Essential? Consider a car that sits in your parking lot the whole night. A “COLD START” in the morning can be tough, take some cajoling, and perhaps putt out before it really begins. Similar to that car, our body gets cold and stiff while we sleep. Just like using a choke to start the vehicle before driving, our body’s temperature needs to b...

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Aravind Kumar is a UESCA certified running trainer, nutrition coach, an accomplished runner and Playfiks athlete. In this article, he offers some insight into the most common causes of running injuries and how you can avoid the pain being sidelined. “My shin hurts whenever I start running, or my ITB is screwed because of my endless mileage.” One of the common complaints I receive from runners is injury prevention, rehab and getting back to running after an injury. There are so many reasons for getting injured, but most of them can be classified into these 5 causes: Over training ...

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My journey into distance running started with simple yet intriguing questions — Why do people run? What do they get? What’s the big deal? Living on East Coast Road in Chennai, the beach is super close. Whenever I used to tell people where I lived, they would often say “you must love going to the beach for morning jogging/walking”. My answer until recently was: “in the last seven years, I’ve been to the beach walking exactly six times”. I was not a runner. I would get up late in the morning, rush to work, party every Friday and Saturday then enjoy a SleepFest Sunday. I used to skip the gy...

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To many people, running seems abject crazy. We get asked all the time why we do it. Love, like and passion are the usual answers. The real answer though, is LIFE. Running is our life. Our soul. Our being. To describe it any other way would be a gross injustice to this life-changing activity. But it does not start this way. And that’s the beauty of it. It finds its way beautifully into our system and slowly takes charge of everything. How we think, act, behave, eat, sleep and live. In every runner I know, this happens in a progressively transformational way. The key to this start...

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Health is an attitude. You can have it, or not, but you can always work at cultivating it. Unless you’re a professional athlete, most of us start getting physically active after encountering some kind of setback. It could be personal, professional, mental or medical - the need to get out of a rut. It could be a desire to shake up your system, or the need to meet new people. For many, that happens during mid-life when the pressures of career have already taken their toll on body, mind and spirit. This is the reason most health converts in the endurance categories are in their late thirtie...

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You always remember your first time. My first full Marathon was during the month of January in Mumbai. I can’t gloat about how long it took, but a strong and successful finish amidst one of the best marathon atmospheres is something I will cherish till my last run and beyond. Really, there’s more than just spirit in Mumbai. It’s unfettered passion and genuine joie de vivre. Bands, lone musicians, families, communities, groups, expats and children. All of them celebrating the biggest running event in the country and taking immense pride as hosts to the same. Pride that translates to a run...

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One common thought at the beginning of every New Year is how time flies at breakneck speed. Resolutions are plenty, however, commitment and consistency invariably fall by the wayside. It’s not the resolutions. Neither is it us or our commitments. It's time. We are all fighting against it - to fill in our million activities, needs and necessities. Time is kind enough to accommodate every new request, especially at the beginning of the year. But as the months progress, so does our turbulence with time, only to find ourselves at the receiving end of this constant battle. And time invariably ...

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