My strategy to Finish a Full Marathon is to divide the Race into four segments.
One: 5K (1 to 5 kms)
In this segment I focus on getting into the rhythm. I don’t want the HR to shoot up too soon, so I start slow, and then gradually hit my goal race pace. However, this is perhaps the most dangerous point in the marathon when adrenalin can take over but you need to hold back. DO NOT START TOO FAST (even if you are on a Positive Splits). AVOID ZIGZAGGING in panic. Spend the first few kms by getting into the stride. You will have plenty of time left to cover up and beat your PR. ⠀
After 5K you’ll notice that I’m warmed up, I have a spaced out route (the start will always be crowded and chaotic) and am looking good to maintain the pace. ⠀ ⠀
Two: 21K (6 to 26 kms)
In this segment I focus on running comfortably and maintaining my race pace. There are times when you feel overwhelmed by the crowd support, loud music and enthusiastic runners around you, but don’t make a mistake of going too Fast just yet. Go as planned, try and stay in the right zone, don’t lose focus and drink plenty of water.
Three: 10K (27 to 36 kms) ⠀ ⠀
This segment is all about recreating whatever has worked for me in training. I want to get a feel of running at a FAST pace (10K Time Trials). So far I have been ticking off the kms and running pretty close to the target pace.
I take some chances, a slight increase in pace and longer strides. Not sprinting really, but a few seconds faster than race pace. This helps add 2-5 minutes of buffer. ⠀ ⠀
Four: Smile BIG 😬 (37 kms to Finish) ⠀ ⠀
Survival is the KEY here. If things are going well, I put everything I have toward the finish.
If things aren’t going well, I don’t have an option but to slow down. However, I know that I’ve covered up 2-5 minutes in the 3rd segment and am okay to finish slow, and yet set a PR. ⠀
I am positive and I SMILE BIG. Also, if I see someone else without a smile, I try to cheer them up. Things always fall in place, once I see the finish line. 😊
Run the first segment with your head. Be Smart.
Run the second and third segments with your legs. Be Strong.
Run the last segment with you heart. Be Inspired. ⠀
Medals are earned at Trainings and picked up at Races #MedalMonday
Looking back at my performance in the last 3 years from running my first ever Marathon in 2017 to running my first World Major in 2019. I choose to be grateful. I choose to be proud of myself. I honor the progress I’ve made so far. I celebrate where I am, and am thankful for where I am going. ⠀
With 8 weeks to go for a 5th Marathon attempt, here’s how I’ve progressed so far.
0️⃣3️⃣ : 5️⃣3️⃣ : 0️⃣6️⃣ ⠀ ⠀
2018 (9 mins 23 seconds Faster than in 2017)
0️⃣3️⃣ : 4️⃣3️⃣ : 4️⃣3️⃣
2019 (16 mins 27 secs Faster than in 2018)
0️⃣3️⃣ : 2️⃣8️⃣ : 4️⃣3️⃣ & 0️⃣3️⃣ : 2️⃣7️⃣ : 1️⃣6️⃣
The idea behind Marathon training is to progressively beat up your muscles, joints, and ligaments in practice, so your body isn’t in shock on race day. Time spent on your feet, actually running outdoors like you would during the race is very important.
If you want to run a Marathon, you have to train for it. You cannot just decide to run a Marathon and run it (especially if you are planning to run a sub 4 hours Marathon).
Registering for your first Marathon and running it may seem easy, but finishing it with high performance is NOT. ⠀
Remember one thing, it’s the breakthroughs in the trainings that leads to the breakthroughs in the Race. Great races don’t come out of luck. Also, a great training does not guarantee a great race, but there is always a high chance of you succeeding. ⠀ ⠀
You will have Good Days & Bad Days, Slow Runs & Fast Runs, Tough Races & Easy Races. But you’ll only have one journey. Fall in love with the training journey and every km in your Race will be a magical one. ⠀ ⠀
Ever since I was little, home cooked food, family dinners and gatherings always included dairy products, ALWAYS. Dairy was the “main staple”, anything and everything had either ghee, butter, paneer, cheese, curd, or just plain milk in it and unfortunately we didn’t have any vegans in the family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I drank cow’s milk in the morning, early evening and every night (yes that’s thrice in a day) while growing up, because milk has “calcium” and that is what you are supposed to drink in order to grow big and strong, right? Well, that is what MOST parents are led to believe. Although COW’S MILK IS MEANT FOR BABY COWS ONLY LIKE BREAST MILK IS MEANT FOR INFANTS. 🙄😷
I had paneer or cheese in almost every dish, as an appetiser or as part of the main course. It was like, I was taught to fall in love with cheese. Like there is nothing better in this world. Ofcourse I loved both paneer and cheese, and who doesn’t when you have to eat it everyday and as a part of every meal. 🤦🏻♂️
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One afternoon in late 2018 I came across “Cowspiracy” on Netflix and you can say that after watching it, I instantly connected to the plant-based lifestyle. My mind was in horror, shock and I was really disgusted (mostly with my self). What did I do? Why was I eating all of that since ... forever? I was feeling so bad, I can’t explain. 😞🤬
I know most slaughterhouses don’t run the same, and they all don’t treat the animals poorly but after what I saw, I could not get those images out of my head. I knew somewhere deep inside, that it was all wrong. Ethically wrong. I don’t see why someone should lose their life just so you can have a snack. 😒😏
That feeling of anger, sorrow and guilt opened up a new door into an unknown world. I knew my lifestyle would never be the same, and it was a major change. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Veganism to me is not a sacrifice, it is a joy. Guilt free eating every fucking day. All my Runs, Workouts, Yoga Practice and meals are 100% Plant-Powered 🌱👊🏼💪🏼
Every living creature has the right to live ethically.
Today is World Vegan Day 🌱.. Be Mindful and Eat like it matters! 🤗