June (for me) is one of the best time of the year, my love for rains and for the enjoyment of running in the rains. It’s time to get all soaked up.
Last year I ran just once in the month of June, and in contrast to that I am a lot happier this year to have completed 140+ kms in a single month. I nailed it this time around 😉
Goodbye heat, Hello rains! 😀
The best thing about running in the rains is that, it is gloomy throughout the day and the weather is beautiful (picturesque). I can oversleep and go for a run at anytime during the day and I don’t have to worry about the heat or the overhead sun. I become a little kid running around splashing through the puddles. 😂
Running in the rains is really, really fun. I become that “crazy runner” who’s out there in the rain (mostly all alone), getting those kilometers done no matter what.
I can’t believe that I successfully completed the first 16 weeks (phase 1) of my annual training cycle for 2017. During these 16 weeks “thrice a week” plan, I skipped 7 out of 48 planned sessions and covered a distance of 421 kms.
All my runs in these past months were at General Aerobic and Lactate Threshold pace during the weekdays and easy paced Recovery runs over the weekends.
Completion Rate of 85% | 41/48 runs | 421/504 kms
After the first week of June, I moved to a 14 weeks “four times a week” plan (i.e. phase 2 of my annual training cycle), which will go on until mid-September.
With this phase, I introduced Medium Long Runs (MLRs between 18K – 24K) into my weekly schedule. So my week would now look something like this,
It was Friday, 12th June, 2015, the day you were born. I didn’t expect you for another day or two, but then you made it and were here with me in my arms. I was so happy that day and since then you have always been one of the most important part of my life. 👟
Whether it was your robustness, your durability, your coolness or your supportive nature, very early in your life I got completely attached to you, my shoe (true) love for you have always been so strong since then, so much that I’ve collected all those lovely medals with you, logged my best 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and my first ever Marathon with you. 🏅🎖🏆
In fact, since your birthday you have been with me for over 190 runs, 1850 kilometers, and almost 750 days & counting. 👍🏼
It is because of your goodness and your trust-worthy nature that I’ve enjoyed ALL my runs injury-free. The best thing about you is that you were ALWAYS there, and you took care of all the hurdles throughout the journey. 🤗
But now, our long lasting happy journey of over 2 years have come to a phase where I would have to make some harsh decisions. I know that you are getting old and for that reason I don’t intend to overburden you with my problems. I will be planning your retirement sooner or later. 😳😳
There is this one thing I can promise, to have you with me and extend this beautiful journey for as much as I can. 🤞🏼
Today, I attempted another mile in 06:17 minutes which was 9 seconds faster than my first attempt this month. The strategy this time around was slightly different and less tiring i.e. instead of pushing a lot harder, I began much slower than I did on my first attempt (almost 20 seconds slower, 02:40 mins/km vs 03:00 mins/km) and concentrated on going steady at a pace between 03:50-04:00 mins/km.
In spite of starting slower in the second attempt, in both attempts I completed the first KM in 03:51 and 03:50 minutes respectively. For the remaining 600m, I was 8 seconds faster in the second attempt than I was in the first attempt.
Start slower and gradually pick up the pace. Conserve energy for the second half.
I will not be able to attempt any more miles this month, but I will surely try again next month. I have 9 more seconds to beat my PR of 06:08. It is definitely going to be a challenge. 🙂 🙂
Going out and running a 7 to 8 minute-mile when you haven’t been running previously, can lead to an injury. Pushing yourself too hard can derail you for weeks or even months. So, don’t try to run faster than you should. Just go with the flow and always remember, you are not competing with anyone else but you.
A mile (1.609 kilometers) for any regular runner is a short 6-7 minutes stretch. They say all you need for this one is guts and I completely agree with that. Any runner, whether he is a long distance runner or a sprinter can get through a mile. But it takes a whole lot of effort to crack down a new PR.
I clocked my quickest mile in June a couple of years ago at the exciting Puma Urban Stampede 10K, 2015 race in Pune.
PR: 1 mile in 06:08 (Pace: 03:50 mins / km)
If you closely observe the chart above, you will find two stretches of Downhill followed by Uphill of 5kms each. So, clocking a 06:08 a mile on your way down hill with -100m elevation is very much possible, but the challenge here is to maintain and beat that pace on a flat surface.
It has been two years since then, and I haven’t really tried to run a mile as fast as I can.
This month Strava has come up with an interesting challenge. More exciting is the fact that I would be joining other runners from across the globe who are celebrating big, bold effort in smashing a few (million) PRs.
The Strava Mile
Run your best mile in June and share your story with #MyMile
Taking it as a challenge, I went out running today, on a flat road in rains, and attempted to run a mile as fast as I can.
My first attempt this month in rains for The Strava Mile promotional event.
I ran this mile today in 06:26, which was 18 seconds slower than my PR of 06:08. However, this was my 2nd best PR and I am really happy about it.