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  • Published at 03:56 pm July 26th, 2018

BDRunners talk about the positive impact of running

BDRunners is one of the largest amateur running groups based out of Dhaka. The group consists of everyday people who just enjoy running. If you are new to running and looking for a bit of encouragement, then this group is certainly the place for you. Their goal is to provide training opportunities, advice and encouragement to new runners.

The group hosts regular monthly challenges on Endomondo and running events in Dhaka. It is open to all members of the community, and there's no formal membership process for signing up – all you have to do is just join this group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/bdrunners/

Weekend Tribune sat down with Jobeda Binte Mahbub, one of the core team members of BDRunners this week, to discuss the most recent event that they're organizing – De Dour 2018. 

Jobeda(22), came back from Oman just a few months ago and is currently working in a start up company called Backpack as a Traveller Experience Manager.  She's also working with AIESEC and is a very active member of BDRunners.

How and when was BD Runners created? Tell us a bit about the people involved and the events that you've organized so far.

BDRunners is one of the largest and happening amateur running groups based out of Dhaka, Bangladesh. We are made of everyday people who just enjoy running.

We have people from all walks of life – aged 14 to 67 from all over Bangladesh – staring from students, university professors, neuro surgeons, bankers, private service holders, CEOs, home makers, software engineers, statisticians and so on. We hold regular running events – one is called Run Friday, which is held on the first Friday of every month at Hatirjheel, and another one is called Run Saturday, which is held on the third Saturday of every month at Ramna park.

What inspired you to start running?

I grew up around Muscat where most of the people were active in sports and I always wanted to participate in sports. When I came back to Dhaka, I found it very hard to be part of a group sport and that is why I took up running.

What is the main objective of BDRunners?

BDRunners is the largest and the most active community in Dhaka for individuals who are striving to be the best and healthiest version of themselves through running and fitness. We are a community that’s spearheading running in Dhaka. 

BDRunners supports, encourages and admires anyone who is trying to better themselves. It is a social platform like none other. 

Tell us a bit about your upcoming event – De Dour 2018. Where is it going to be held and what does it consist of?

Together with Dhaka Run Lords, BDRunners organized Dhaka Half Marathon this year which was highly appreciated by the participants and the spectators. The next event that we're about to organize is planned for February 2019, and we will share more details as we progress. It will consist of running in two categories – seven kilometre mini marathon (in one hour) and 22 kilometre half marathon (in three hours). Another yearly event that we're organizing is going to be held in Sylhet on August 9. it's called De Dour 2018.

How can prospective runners train to become a part of this event?

Many beginners assume that they need to run at least the race distance or beyond to be ready for the race. However, to be physically prepared for the race, one doesn't have to run 21 kilometres. If you can run 10 kilometres, you should be able to safely and comfortably complete a half marathon. It is said that if you can run for a distance of five kilometres now, then you can run a half marathon in eight weeks. But the ideal training plan is three to four months long, which gives you a buffer if you get sick, injured, or if you're too busy at work.

It is recommended that while training for a half marathon, your long runs and most of your shorter runs should be at an easy or “conversational”  pace. You should be able to breathe very easily and carry on a conversation during those runs. So if you can pass the “talk test”, you're moving at the right speed. Please note while training you should know your limits and take it slow. Increase distance and pace as your progress to avoid any injury.

What is your number one method for injury prevention while running?

You're going to log a lot of miles during your half marathon training, so there's a chance that you may get a running injury. It's better to assume that you will get injured so you'll be more aware when your body is signalling that something is wrong. Runners who think they won't get injured will often ignore injury warning signs, push through pain, and end up making injuries far worse. 

A few ways in which you can prevent running injuries include improving and maintaining your flexibility, including strength training in your running program, staying hydrated and maintaining a balanced diet. Also, don't forget to warm up and cool down before and after all runs and races – gradually increase your mileage and cross-train and include rest days in your training schedule.

What is the one thing you'd say to someone who has just started running – whether it be a young high-school student, or an older individual – about why running is worth it?

Rowlands, a professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami and author of The Philosopher and the Wolf, argues that while many begin running for an “instrumental” value – to lose weight, gain fitness, stay sane, prepare for a race, or, in his case, provide an outlet for the boundless energy of his three big dogs – eventually, if you run long and hard enough, you discover its intrinsic value, as something to be enjoyed for its own sake. 

So learning to appreciate that intrinsic value helps you to recognize and appreciate life, in an age where everything tends to be judged only on its usefulness and what it can do for us.