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If you want to get inspired look no further than the fabulous story of Dick and Rick Hoyt. If you don’t end up with tears in your eyes, I will be surprised.
See how a young kid is Buddhia Singh running ultra marathon distances (somewhat controversial however – as this is perhaps not recommended by most medical practitioners – for this age
Fauja Singh does it when he is 100
Dean Karnazes has run 350 miles non stop and 50 marathons in 50 days!!! Watch him on the Late Night Show with David Letterman
Oscar Pistorius - the fastest man with no legs gets even faster!
By Chinmayi Tripathi
It’s dawn, I feel the call of the morn,
The magic of the Sun sprinkled all around,
The glittering pearls of dew,
On the green draped ground.
I open my windows into the canvas of the sky
The soot dipped in orange and yellows, as the night passed by.
I leave my doorstep wearing wings on my toes,
To greet the gracious morning, and it’s beauty bestowed.
I run, I run down the lane, watching the birds,
Challenging the clouds and the Sun,
Framed in the blue shades of the sky,
I hear music in their chirps.
I hear music in the songs of the wind,
In the shivering of the leaves,
Entwined in their rhythm , Is the tapping of my feet.
I run, and I run faster,
Blood pumping passion into my veins,
I run, I run into the flight of my dreams,
I transcend into the dawn, The dawn of my aspirations,
That spring through a beautiful beginning,
They call it ‘Good Morning
Some testimonials from visitors to our website:
Read these two amazing e mails from Gowri Shankar in Vellore
From: Gowri Shankar
Sent: Friday, June 06, 2008 9:55 PM
I'm from Vellore (Tamilnadu). I'm taking sleeping pills to sleep. I have been taking tablets for 5 years. Because of that I can't wake up in the morning. I plan to go running every day. But I can't wake up. This is my big problem. I'm more and more interested to run. But my sleep problem is stopping me. Last month I planned to run. But I ran only for 3 days. The 4th day, as usual I slept. What can I do? Thanks a lot for your quick reply.
And then post running:
I stopped pills before 10 days. I'm quite normal after initial struggle. Now I'm going running regularly and I'm fine. Thanks a lot
Prasun Banerjee – in his 40’s in Bangalore:
“I had a triple by-pass surgery in 2004 after being diagnosed with a 90% left main block. Now I am fit and back on my feet and guess what? I have got into running/jogging AFTER the surgery. I never tried to run before. I got into running cos I suddenly started to feel good about it. Guess after getting cleaned up, the strong blood flow got the limbs itching. In fact the doc never said anything about running..only walking. actually 4 months prior to the surgery, I had gone on a 6 hour trek up a 6000 ft peak in Coorg. Nearing the top, we had to negotiate a steep leech infested wooded area, and we were literally running uphill and hurdling over tree branches to avoid the leech's. By God's grace I survived without incident, considering was doing it all with a 90% block.
I have a neighbourhood walking group, who have been quite fascinated seeing me run, and sadly just unable to follow cos they sorely lack the fitness, so I am at the receiving end of their jibes. Good fun though but I'm nowhere near marathon running.”
Sandeep Goel in his 30’s in Gurgaon:
“I was a bulky 94 kgs in 2004 when my life was taking a great turn both on the personal front with a cute baby girl and the professional front with an initiative to start a Sports Sponsorships Business in the company.
I blamed my life style and decided to change. I came across the running community while managing the sponsorship of the Lipton Bangalore Marathon and started running on 25th Sept 2004. I also controlled my diet.
My weight started coming down and I started feeling better.
I started with just a mile a day for 3 days in a week. As I lost weight, my capacity to run longer and faster, improved. My family, friends and colleagues started noticing the change.
|| 94 Kgs
Since 20th March 2007 I have been a streak runner (run continuously without a break at least a mile a day).
The results are very exciting. So far I have done more than 7000 kms (inclusive of 3000+ km in streak running). I have lost 30 kgs and most important is that I have maintained it for the last 4 yrs. I feel very healthy and mentally disciplined.
Join the running community. It is never late to take up running…..”
Prabhakaran in his 50's- Virudhnagar Tamil Nadu
" am 54 years old. Doctors used to ask me you have any family history of diabetes. My parents are diabetic, sisters are diabetic. All grand parents had diabetic death. One maternal uncle and maternal aunt had diabetic death. Two paternal uncles died of diabeties.
Last 20 years I am jogging. 400metres in 3minutes. I jog Kilometres a day. Cycling for 30 minutes to 7 kilometres. All these has kept diabetes away! We are agroup of people of different age group jog together. Lowest age is 20 and highest is 65. All of us are very very fit not even small health problem. We agree that all information given in your website is true. We are the living examples. We appreciate your interest in health"
Anand in his 30's- Chennai
"I am 35 years old and have been severely asthmatic for the last 3 yrs.
Every alternate day was spent either with a steroid injection or a nebulization. Somehow, the more intense my attacks, the more I was determined to run .I do not know why. I have never done a shred of exercise before I started having these sapping attacks . I could hardly run a distance of 300 mts without using my inhalers and puffing like a whale with bronchospasms when I started out. But now I can jog close to 5 kms at a stretch which for me is a life saver.
There were times when I have gone to depths of depression because of these repeated attacks and every time it was forcing myself to run the next morning, albeit with continuous broncho dialation that actually saved my sanity.
A severe enough asthma attack precludes you from doing anything –including breathing, standing,walking and talking –in addition to the panic attacks that ensue. It was Running which helped me tide over all these negative impressions in my mind by giving me something to look forward to -- a tough personal target that I could reach and focus on."
V Madhavan in his 50's- Hyderabad
"I can vouch and say with confidence that due to the regular habit of jogging, I have not had any health related problem like common cold, headache, fever, cough over the last six years."
Anna Chandy in her 40’s – Bangalore
"I was 83kgs severely asthmatic and repeatedly falling ill, when a friend suggested that I enroll myself in an exercise program. After a great deal of thought and several attempts at various new fad diets I enrolled in a gym and have never looked back .
For six months I exercised six days a week. I would run for a half hour followed by a combination of weights and stretches.
There were days that I felt low when I would self talk myself into recommencing my workout. I realized that after each workout I felt high, invigorated and happy. That in itself became my motivator!
It has been a decade since I have maintained my weight at 58kgs . I feel energized, youthful and happy and never had an asthma attack. Running is an integral
part of my daily routine that enables me to maintain a work life balance "
I continue to exercise if not daily at least thrice a week.
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