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Runner’s Carnival

Posted by activemind on April 24, 2006

I am a regular reader of Blog Carnivals on various topics at Blog Carnival. In case you dont know what a carnival is read here. Today I was there and searched for running carnival and was surprised to see that there was nothing listed. So I am going to take a stab at it. Please go ahead and email me any articles you think would be interesting to runners.
I have added a link to the right under running section to my upcoming running carnival.


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Went for the training

Posted by activemind on April 22, 2006

After missing two previous training sessions earlier, I went for one today. And all I can say is that it felt AWESOME. Look at my running log (link on your right) to see my progress. I realised that there is a lot of interia in me but once I am out there, it feels so good and I also noticed that there is a very noticeable upward change in my mood when I go for my runs. I feel much better in general.
I am also looking at getting a watch to time myself. I was looking on the web today and was surprised to see ALL different kind of watches available to not only time but monitor your heartrate, your trail and all diff kinds of things. I am interested in this Garmin 305. It looks kinda nice but the price is too steep and I am not sure I can justify that right now.
Any suggestion about this would be appreciated!!

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Is this helpful for my Knee?

Posted by activemind on February 28, 2006

Well if you have had a chance to look at my running log then you might have noticed that I have not been running for the past couple of weeks. Based on what I read, I am giving my knee some more time to heal and this time I am trying to take it slow and not run a marathon in first go 🙂 . I did go ahead and add some diet supplements to my daily routine. As I was wandeing the aisle of the local Costco store I came across this Joint Juice. There was some kind of promotion going on this product and I tried it. It was like Fanta with some citric taste rather than sweet. I kind of liked it. And on top of that a can is 8 Fl oz and just 30 calories. It says that you got to try the product for ~30 days before you would feel any kind of difference. I am giving it a shot to see if it makes any kind of difference. I might wait out this week more before I start my runs again as my knee feels much better after a 3 week rest. What also interested me is that I saw glocosamine tabs, gels, liquid all over the asile. I dont know much about it but is it something that important. I got to read more about it.
Does anyone know the bad part about glucosamine ( I can read good things about it all over the net).?

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Why does my Knee Hurt?

Posted by activemind on February 23, 2006

This post might resonate with a lot of readers who are into some kind of physical activity and in my case it would be running. After being physicallly inactive for around 3 yrs for various reasons (or well crafted ingenious excuses 🙂 ) I finally got up and decided to get back on track. Well there were a couple of reasons that jolted me out of my smooth easy life-style and the primary one being the realization that I was getting older. I could not abuse my body in the same way as I could a couple of yrs ago. Like it was pretty easy for me to skip meals for any reason earlier. But fast forward 5 yrs, I am 31 now, and my body has changed that I have to keep my stomach filled to a certain level all the time. This started happening a couple of months back. If I skipped a single meal I would get bad and I mean real bad headaches and then the only way out was to take a tylenol and hit the bed. Nothing else helped. For the first couple of times I could not figure out what was wrong and why was I getting these headaches keeping in mind that I have NEVER had any headaches in my life. Then I started corelating things and came to the conculsion that anytime my stomach was empty, it would do something to my body and head and it would be in a state that I needed food, rest and medicine to bring it back on track.
Has someone else felt or noticed anything like this with themselves or I must freak out and go see a doctor?
Anyways, so I have decided to start with things which I like the most or something which I have wanted to do for a long time and have just been procrastinating about them. I am actively trying to pick up running with plans to run a full marathon by the end of this year. Lets see how that goes. You can watch my progress on my running log that I maintain online at by clicking the link on your right. So I went for my practice run which was close to 4 miles like 2 weeks back and then I think I overdid it or did something bad to my knee. I have been having such bad knee pains that it difficult to climb up and down the stairs. So I went on the web and started searching for what was going on with my knee and learnt a couple of things that I was doing wrong. I also found a very good website about the problem I think I am having. Its called runner’s knee or IBT (Iliotibial Band Syndrome). This entire website is dedicated to this problem and as I searched more on the net I discovered that it was something very common for new runner’s like me. I have also found a couple of very good stretching and muscle strengthening exercises (pdf doc) which I have been doing for the past couple of days and It does feel better. I at least dont have to limp when going up or down the stairs. But I dont think I can still go for my runs this weekend. I will try..maybe a 2 mile run..and increase it if I dont get any pains. Watch out my runners log or postings on my blog here for how it goes.

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Firstgiving – connecting supporters with causes

Posted by activemind on February 23, 2006

Firstgiving – connecting supporters with causes
Very good site for any kind of fund raising. Worth a look

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Long time no see!!

Posted by activemind on February 23, 2006

As you might have noticed that I did not post for a couple of days. Well I was catering to some of other higher priority things and yeah to some extent lazying around too 🙂 . Sometimes when you foucs on things too hard and are at it for long you need some downtime. At least it happens with me every once in a while. I would have periods where I am up and running for 18 hrs a day for sometime and then there is a period when I am just too lazy to do anything. My favourite activity duing this hibernation is either some techie project or watching movies. Both of these activities seem to recharge me. I also seem to have found my new passion. I think it is running. It is something which I have tried in the past in a disorganized way and failed miserabely for multiple reasons. I am trying to take a better approach this time by trying to follow some guidelines and see if I make any progress. So far I am pretty upbeat about it but I kind of injured my knee after my previous run. After some hunting on the web, I found a name for the problem and was surprised to see that there is an entire website devoted to it. So dont be surprised if see a lot of posts about running from now on.

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