I just love running. One of my reasons (and I am not saying that it is the most important reason) is that it keeps me healthy. It is like my insurance policy against heart attack. And even as I write it, there is this feeling, this knowing, that I am…


Faster and faster we went

One year after my first 24-hour stadium run, my memory of it faded enough for me to inflict it upon myself again. In my defence, the previous one was in Delhi, while this one was local. …


There is a lot of debate about heel-striking versus forefoot striking. There are excellent articles that explain the difference in impact and concludes that it is probably better to strike the ground with your forefoot than otherwise. (Like this one.) But not everyone agrees. Some say that front-foot striking may…


I was desperate for a job. I looked high and low and prayed, but nothing seemed to happen. I was doing short-term contract work, and the project was almost finished. We were living in someone else’s house. We did not have any savings to fall back on. My recent experience…


The first time I ran a hundred kilometres was at the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, India, during a trail race called Runtherann. The Rann is a vast salt marsh in the Thar desert. The salt sounds deliciously crispy underfoot, but sadly the route does not remain on it. …


As with the rest of life, our running can also benefit from a bit of planning. Part of the fun for me lies in planning my next race.

In the pandemic, many running events got cancelled or postponed. You are never quite sure when the event will happen. This can…


It is cold and dark when I get up at 2:30 AM this Sunday morning. This is the kind of thing we runners are used to. …


Anticipating a tough run and a great adventure, I headed out to Chitkara University in Rajpura on my Suzuki 125cc at 4:25 am. …


My regular running buddy and I invited another guy to join us. We wanted to impress him with the joys of running, so we took him to our favourite route through the forest behind the lake. I discovered my mistake soon enough.

We came to the forest at a good…


Difficult, tough, hard? The words used to describe the Shimla Tuffman Ultra just do not seem to be sufficient. Severe, relentless, unyielding… The Comrades and Run the Rann both seem tame compared to it.

My daughter and I went to the venue in Mashobra, just beyond Shimla, the day before…

Running with a friend

Stephan is an enthusiastic South-African runner living in India who competes in (and wins) races. He follows his friend, Jesus, is a father of 3, and a CTO

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