Run your life right

Ashok Nath        Print Edition: Oct 28, 2012

Running is life made small. A run has a beginning and an end. There are obstacles to overcome, good days and bad days. There are tests and challenges, disappointments and achievements. Days you feel you have nothing more to give and others when you feel strong to go on forever. You pass some people, and get passed by others. When you are able to master the marathon , you master other aspects of your life in the process. I always had a passion for marathon running, and this would usually become a talking point at meetings.

N.S. Parthasarthy, COO, MindTree Limited, has made an interesting point. "Getting into long distance running is a life-changing event in a positive sense and most runners are highly passionate people. We challenge ourselves every day to achieve our fullest potential - through dedication and discipline - traits that benefit my organisation and society in general." People often shrug at the idea of a morning run because they consider it tiresome and draining. One needs to wake up to the fact that running is refreshing and leaves you energised through the day.

Roshini Bakshi, MD, The Walt Disney Company, India makes it a point to integrate lessons from her running life to work. "My life coach is my marathon training and I apply similar strategies in work. One needs a long term plan but implementation requires discipline. Not too fast or one can burn out. Not too slow or one can lose sight of the plan".

Another vital benefit of running is the "me-time" factor it grants you. Besides helping me beat everyday stress, my easy runs allow me to play back work related issues in my head. And by the time my workout is done, everything magically appears to fall into place. Just like in yoga, when we are breathing properly during our run, our mind is in a relaxed state; and is better placed to see through problems that had otherwise baffled us.

An improved fitness means a decreased heart rate, and a decreased heart rate means a calm mind that doesn't succumb to pressure. Training thrice a week for 20 minutes can put you on the right track. To tell the difference, one should measure the heart rate every morning. If you're short of breath, its not because you are not breathing "in" enough but because you are not breathing "out" enough.

A certain Fauja Singh tells us it's never too late to wake up the many benefits of running. So, run and drive away the work blues and say hello to happiness and a new way of life.

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