My recovery drinks

Lot of friends have always asked me about Protein shakes, and drinks that I use. To be honest, I have never ever used a Protein shake from the market. There is one that I bought recently, only after reading about the natural ingredients in it, and I seldom use it. Continue reading

Crossfitting for Half-Marathon

I ran 13.1 miles today, on the trails, with an elevation gain of 2190 fts. I had not run a single time past 6 weeks or more. Suffering from a calf muscle injury, I was only on bike, swimming, and cross-fitting (avoiding the run workouts). I spent time working on my glutes, core, squats and used to row more. Workouts dealing in squats are the best overall workout for your body. Continue reading

10 miles of love affair with the trails

San Antonio Rancho park trails continue to amaze me, every time I go there. I find new routes, and new climbs, and new friends !!Image

Being a memorial day weekend, when most people are either traveling or getting their skin tanned. I had a nice affair with the trails today. 

Good sunny day, yet cold, I was planning to log double digits mileage. Still getting my fitness back. Started off slow with tight hamstrings and thighs. Plan was to go slow, and cover the hills and unpaved trails, enjoying the weekend in the runners style !!

Took the trail path, where there was no rush, and I just saw in total 6 hikers, and 3 runners coming down. 2 miles of climb, with few steep ones, and the 5th mile was a steep climb, which for the last part, I had to literally walk. Check the Strava stats.

The best part of running uphill is that you get to relish the downhills. And the downhill part always gives me more energy, and a boost to run another mile.

Today I wasn’t worried about the pace, or the total time. I was there to enjoy my sunday run.

Go slow when you like, and pick the pace when you like !! 

Fell Running…..different kind of hill-running

I came across this term on the web, while exploring few books on running.

‘Fell-Running’ the sport is quite popular in UK. So far I haven’t found any club or group which does Fell running in US.

Fell running is not trail running or hill running. Well, you can say it is closely related because the running happens on the hill trails, slushy paths, grass, and the gradient climb is a significantly difficult part of the component. The name arises from the origins of the English sport on the fells of northern Britain, especially those in the Lake District.

The main difference from trail running and hill running is that the runners use their navigational skills to reach the destination point, and have to carry adequate survival equipments.

Less is known of this sport in US, but there is a Fell Running Association in UK, which administers the sport. Every country has its own, I came across the following link for US – American Fell Running association.  but it hardly has anything in it :).

I would say if you love the idea, you should read – ‘Feet in the Clouds- A Tale of Fell Running and Obsession’.

Also visit the wikipdedia for this.

So far I have been sold by the whole concept and idea, seems so much fun to me 🙂 …