When I started running in May 2013, low stamina was not a problem because I was playing badminton and doing aerobics for years! The challenges were related to the modern unhealthy lifestyle: wearing high heels, sleeping less, eating junk food, sitting a lot, unbalanced exercise, and not getting regular checks done. To add to this, I had never run in my younger days, so the right set of muscles had never developed. To make matters worse, I was 49 years old, and there was a lot of genuine concern around about what all could happen to me then. It is safe to say that I persisted under the guidance of running friends, and with the active support from my husband who started running too.Learning the right things
I believe that age is no bar when it comes to learning anything. Yes, one just needs to keep the enthusiasm in check, especially when one is over-motivated! I ran my first half marathon in Hyderabad in Aug 2013 and my first full marathon in Mumbai in Jan 2014, with two sub-2 half marathons in Pune and Goa in between. I had ended up on the podium in all these runs.
I also came to understand that many more women should take to running. I was fortunate to have been mentored by the best trainers to run with the right form, correct breathing, and a good training plan – and it is all work in progress.
I have also learnt about shin splints, osteoid osteoma, compartment syndrome, Achilles tendinitis, piriformis syndrome, leg length difference and insoles forever, scoliosis, excess scoliosis, disc bulge, and disc herniation in that order Additionally, about VO2 max, Yassos, Maffetone training, Fartleks, lactate threshold, GU gel, Garmin and many others! Although I still think that my running is very raw and more by how my body feels during that particular run, which also makes things very unpredictable.