Random Musings

What makes us stronger: lessons from the movie

Watched the movie ‘Stronger’ today: a film based on the Boston marathon bombings in 2013 and how it affected the life of Jeff Bauman. While standing at the finish line, waiting for his girlfriend who was just a few minutes away, 2 bombs explode, shattering lives, faith and hope. With both his legs being amputated, the story goes on to showcase Jeff’s struggles in building both his physical and mental strength through rehabilitation, fit enough to wait at the finish…

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A run on Friday the 13th

I was out for a short run today. There was a slight chill in the air and the colours of the fall were beginning to show on the trees. The roads were quite empty and for a change I wasn’t carrying any music with me.  The route soon curved into a trail which I decided to venture into. I ran along the narrow pathway, noting the eerie silence of woods when I heard a sudden sound that made me stop…

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A spiritual encounter

I had accompanied my American neighbor on a hill run at the dish area behind Stanford. It was 3:00 pm in the afternoon and quite hot being the peak of summer. The daunting slopes did not make it easy added to which I had forgotten to pop a gu gel which I usually do before my long runs. I was also unusually tired this week due to some added work load. Besides my mind was a little aghast by a…

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Happy f’RUN’dship day!

Being strangers at the start Distance initially draws us apart As the run commences with a bang The camaraderie begins to grows its fangs! Mile after mile it develops slowly With  small talk or a word so lovely So lonely long distance running can be Exchanging a smile, gives that glee. What a wonderful way to break the ice To make a fellow runner feel so nice With the distance so daunting in the sun The chatter chatter makes the…

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What’s your running story?- by Rodman D’Souza

Article by Rodman D’Souza What’s your story? What’s your running story? Why do you run? How did you start running? How can you wake up at such ungodly hours just to run a couple of miles? How can you run so much? How can you pay so much just to run a race for a silly medal and some snacks? These are few but familiar questions that a runner constantly faces. Truth be told, we really don’t know the answers…

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No smoke without fire-World No Tobacco day

Indulging in a puff or a two is usually associated largely with the ‘cool’ quotient. Probably this is why we see that cigarette finding its way into the hands of high school and college students. It starts out as peer pressure with the usual ‘try one puff, nothing will happen’. The need to fit in or the fear of being rejected in social circles ultimately leads to that occasional puff which goes on to becoming an addiction. What with the…

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Running is a degree

When I was in college, the prospect of doing a Management degree never fascinated me. I somehow refused to follow the usual norm of engineering, MBBS or MBA and decided to create a path of my own. Probably the fact I was right brained and showed more aptitude towards areas like communication, human behavior and people, had something to do with it. I would often meet people from B schools who always talked about the enormous network they made from…

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The Bhim meets Hanuman moment

I was out on one of my usual training runs. It was a day of Hill repeats and I had retreated to the woods to get a good mileage on those ascents. As I went up and down the slopes, I noticed a middle aged man watching me intently. He looked quite fit for his age. Now over the last 1 year, I prided on having mastered the hills compared to what I was earlier- a person who would stagger…

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Running is the new cool

My husband and I were sitting at a popular hangout in town, enjoying our lunch when we heard a voice behind us saying ‘hey guys long time.’ We looked up to see a familiar face of an acquaintance whom we hadn’t seen in years despite living in the same city. There was a phase where we would meet such people at house parties and pubs, dancing the night away until wee hours in the morning. It was a time when…

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Fun on the Run

A poem I thought of today while working out in the gym. A conversation with my inner voice about the upcoming Mumbai marathon which I have drafted into a poem.. With the Mumbai marathon buzz in the air, I don’t seem to exhibit undue care, About the slopes, weather or time, As the inner voice in me chimes- “This isn’t a do or die situation, Or a prelim that will determine your education. It’s just one of the older races,…

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