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Learn from a child

Posted by Shuva Brata Deb (Bangalore, India) on 3 October 2013 in People & Portrait.

Few week back, I took my 5 yr old, Tisha to a run at Whitefield, Bangalore. To teach her how to run? Rather I got lessons to learn. Many of us, as adults, struggle so much to get our running form. We Google endlessly, take fundas from friends, take running lessons for coaches for something that we as kids had enjoyed effortlessly.

When was the last time you saw an adult runner without a stressed face, without a struggling body. Most times it looks like a self torture. Most adults seem to reserve the smiles only for photographers.

I had to read and see sample Chi Running techniques and am still not sure if I am doing it correctly. Look at a child and its so natural.

How do we sprint with a smile, how do I get my upper body generate force during a quick sprint with my hands and fingers? There are books and there are children who demonstrate easily.

On a long run, we need to get into a rhythm which many of us struggle to find, except for a few veterans. Why?

All of us were exactly like this when we were kids. We never got tired of running. We only ran for fun. Where have we lost that lovely relieving feeling?

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/320 second F/5.0 ISO 400 18 mm

tisha | running

Basile Pesso from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent assembly.
Excellent text, but maybe it's just physical, and that pain accompanies physical effort after a certain age....quite soon in life.

3 Oct 2013 6:35am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A fascinating commentary here - there is a growing list of things we convince ourselves we cannot do . . . not because we are unable but because we no longer believe.

3 Oct 2013 7:33am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful :)

3 Oct 2013 9:45am