Running

January, 2017 – One Month at a Time

8 runs | 8:31 hours | 94.47 kilometers

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My year began with the last mesocycle of my annual training for Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, 2017 (SCMM). By then, I had tapered my running distance from a regular 50-60 kms per week by more than half to 10-20 kms per week. In the last week I ran a couple of “feel good” runs of 30 and 20 minutes each before the BIG DAY on Sunday, 15th January 2017.

Having run 870.1 kms in 2016 and completing only 48 out of 75 training sessions i.e. 64% of my SCMM training plan, I was prepared of falling short of my goal pace and of not crossing the finish line in < 3 hours 30 minutes. I quickly reset my goal pace so as to finish my first marathon strong in < 4 hours atleast. Now, when Plan A seems impossible, you better have a Plan B ready.

On Race day, starting strong was good and finishing stronger was epic. The journey in itself was so extraordinaire that in the process I discovered strengths I never knew I had. In the end I was proud and pleasantly surprised to complete my first ever Marathon in less than 4 hours.

Forty Two point Two (42.2) kilometers in 3 hours 53 minutes and 6 seconds.

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First Marathon in 03:53:06

I ended the month on a high with mostly rest days and a couple of recovery runs.

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Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, 2017

​Finishing a Full Marathon always seemed impossible, but only until it was done. Now, having completed it successfully, it feels very much like being on top of the world.

It definitely is one of the best feelings ever and with that finally I’m able to check one long awaited goal in my bucket list.

Marathon 42.195 kms in 03:53:06 ✅

Woohoo! 😀