It’s been a while since I Q&A-ed with my running mates, and in kick-starting the series for a new round of interviews, I am super chuffed with the most recent chat I had.
Meet Narpat Singh, one of the nicest people in my running group.
We run together quite often, chatting easily. Narpat is a stronger and more accomplished runner than I, but always courteously sticks to my pace.
His answers to my 5 questions are very insightful.
Q Why do you run?
A. Running is great fun.
One can while running, on the one hand enjoy the company of fellow runners in the Group and run conversations of all hues with them – from senseless light-hearted chats on one or another subject, or evolved conversations; there are all types in the Group to match your mood for the day.
On the other hand, one can enjoy the ‘me time’ and revel in the solitude while listening to the chirping of the birds and marveling nature in all her glory on each morning which is beautiful in its unique way; each dawn brings its own good energy and experience.
(Editor: that last sentence is spot on!)
Occasionally while running alone, I also listen to music. The sounds, sights and smells of the morning are the preferred choice.
Q When did you start running?
A. This was about 46 years ago as a young lad while accompanying my father on his regular morning runs.
However, serious running with technical guidance started seven years ago. This is when the fatigue associated with running vanished and was substituted with sheer joy and excitement.
(Editor: once again, my friend, that last sentence of yours is so true.)
Q Morning/evening runner?
A. Mornings only.
The evenings are reserved to revel in good company and keep the ‘spirits’ high!
Q With or without music?
Yes. As a rule, music only when running alone. That is infrequent.
‘No music’ days are spent absorbing the beauty of each morning and reflecting on life or dwelling on any thought that would come up during the run.
On the days when I opt to run with music (invariably while running an event), the first hour is spent listening to Jagjit Singh Bhajans ( do I sound dated?!) which blend smoothly into the serene calm of the mornings.
In the second and subsequent hours, the music of the sixties through the currently popular stuff are my thing.
Clapton, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac, Jethro Tull, Phil Collins, Pat Boone, Cliff Richard, The WHO, Queen, Van Halen, Steely Dan, CSNY, Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Mc Cartney, Roger Whittaker, Eartha Kitt, Peter Paul and Mary, Dean Martin, Tom Jones, Olivia Newton John, Don Mc Lean …… different genres. They all work as well.
(Editor. yes, again! GREAT music choices! We should run and sing along some time…)
Q Next running goal?
A. Go progressively for a ‘2.10 Half ‘ in the coming season followed by a ‘sub two’ next year. God willing.
Shabash, my friend & thanks for chatting.