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The Jamesport Fire Department conducted a 5K run last Sunday which could literally be joined by people of any age group. This comes as first – hand experience from columnist Eileen Benthal who just turned 50.
Finishing a 5K run is an achievement in itself and for someone at the age of 50 deserves kudos. “I feel I have accomplished a great feat, I had taken part in the Jamesport FD 5K and I finished it. It does not necessarily mean that I ‘ran’. I had to complete the race which I did. I, however, did not stop and kept moving the entire time. I had exhausted myself and towards the end I had to walk the last few hundred feet and after that I started running again to go and finish the running race,” Benthal was quoted as saying.
Running, like Yachting, is one of those exercises that not only maintain good gait and muscle flexibility, it is also instrumental in maintaining the overall health. Training regime definitely varies for the different age groups. The younger generation is kept under a more rigorous training schedule however, for the elder group trainings need to be carefully monitored. They are more susceptible to injuries and they heal slowly. Too much stain on the shin muscles might lead to their tear making it impossible for the affected person to barely stand up. The presence and consultation of a physiotherapist is mandatory at this stage.
Running does not require any great deal of preparations, just the will power and some time from one’s busy schedule. Running is best when done in the morning and the elders are taking it up as part of their morning ritual; running while praying with the rosary in hand. Running with proper posture is necessary, one should know to practice self-control and not let the body be all over the place.
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Running in hills has come up as a new hobby for many who want to explore the new terrains of the high altitude areas by running. When in college Arvind Kumar started running, it was something to get his mind off something that upset him, but over the years Kumar developed a special fetish for this sport. Now, Kumar has improved a lot in this game and this year, along with two others, Kumar will take part in the Comrades Marathon from Chennai. This marathon is one of the biggest events and oldest marathon race that take place every year in South Africa.
According to Amit Sheth, the ambassador for the marathon event in South Africa, Kumar is the youngest participant. “Arvind is just 27 and he will run for about 90-km in this marathon event,” said Sheth while breaking this news in a recent media conference. More than 60 persons from across the country have registered for this running event in South Africa. Sheth has also said that Arvind has been taking intense training before the marathon and every week he has been running more than 80 to 100 km. ‘I run everywhere in the city. I stay at T Nagar, but I often run to Besant Nagar and other places in Chennai. For me, running is a challenge and sometimes I also run to the hills in the Nilgiri. It is fun. I am really looking forward to the marathon event in South Africa,” said the 27 year old runner when asked about his love for this sport.
‘Running in the hills is tiring. But it makes you tough. There are different types of run. City run, running by the ocean, trail run etc. All have their different impacts on your body,” added Kumar, who has also trained himself with hill ultra runs this year.
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