Start strong, finish stronger

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Half Marathon in 1:43:42 on a bad weather day when humidity makes hot days feel more miserable. β €

Your body completely depends on water to survive. Good hydration is always a key in a 10k, Half or Full Marathon race, especially on days like these. 🌞 πŸ’¦ πŸ’ͺ🏼

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Stay hydrated. Keep moving.

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Sub 2 hours – Half Marathon (21.097 kms) with a negative split racing strategy.

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Firstly: You must set your Half Marathon goal time 2-3 minutes faster in case the course is a bit longer (it usually is) or if you have to beat the crowd at the start of your race. Don’t worry. These extra minutes will also come in handy when things get really tough towards the end.

Secondly: AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR RACE SLOW DOWN!

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Now, coming back to the negative split racing strategy. It is a strategy that involves completing the second half of the race faster than the first half.

For a 21K, things may not seem as easy as it did for a negative split 11K strategy I shared last week. However, it follows the same disciplined technique to progressively increase speed, to conserve energy for the 2nd half of your race and to finish strong.

As I said earlier, YOU MUST start slow.

Go for a 06:20-06:10 mins / km in the first 3-4 kms and allow your body to warm up.

Towards the end of the 4th km you should be running at 06:00 mins / km. From there on in the next 3-4 kms progressively move from 06:00 to 05:45 mins / km, and then go steady at around 05:45 mins / km for the next 3 kms i.e. until the end of 10th km.

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  • 1-2-3 kms @ 06:20 -> 06:00 mins / km
  • 4-5-6-7 kms @ 06:00 -> 05:45 mins / km
  • 8-9-10 kms @ 05:45 mins / km

You should be able to manage a 10k in less than an hour.

Now that you have conserved good amount of energy by going slow in the first half, you should be feeling good about it.

It’s time now to move closer to your race pace of ~ 05:35 mins / km in the 11th km.

Let’s go for it !

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In the 11th km shift gears from 05:45 to 05:30 mins / km and then go steady for the next 3 kms. You have now covered 14 kms in less than 1 hour 22 mins.

  • 11th km @ 05:45 -> 05:30 mins / km
  • 12-13-14 kms @ 05:30 mins / km

In the 15th km again shift gears from 05:30 to 05:15 mins / km and then go steady for the next 3 kms.

  • 15th km @ 05:30 -> 05:15 mins / km
  • 16-17-18 kms @ 05:15 mins / km

Go FAST in the last 3 kms @ 05:00 mins / kms or the best that you can (I usually sprint the last 2-3 kms). πŸƒπŸ»

  • 19-20-21.1 kms @ 05:15 -> 05:00 mins / km

Yay πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ and you have NAILED IT !

Stay hydrated through out your run (and have 100ml of water at every water station 3-4 kms away). This can avoid injury or cramps towards the end.

Good luck. πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸΌ

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Positive mind and Negative splits

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Positive mind and Negative splits. ✌🏼

A negative split is a strategy that involves completing the second half of a workout faster than the first half.

Here’s one of my favorite negative split training strategy for completing 11K in an hour.

  • Warm Up
  • Easy 6K in 35 minutes (pace between 06:00-05:45)
  • Gradually increase pace for the next 5 kms and finish fast. (05:25, 05:20, 04:45, 04:40, 04:30)
  • Cool Down

This is a disciplined technique to progressively increase speed, to conserve energy for the 2nd half of the workout and to finish strong. πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ

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NYRR Virtual New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

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When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race.

Another mile run for NYRR Virtual New Balance 5th Avenue Mile. Today I was 2 seconds slower than my Best Mile of 06:08. πŸ˜’

Nevertheless, I will try, try, try and try again. If I can get better, why not? πŸ˜ƒ

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Inhale good shit, exhale bullshit.

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When you tell people you’re eating healthier, running more often these days, regularly working out, the response is mostly positive and encouraging.

However, you’ll also come across people who’ll say things to you like β€œhow can you eat that shit everyday?” β€œOh come on, one more drink?..” β€œYou’re no longer fun” β€œHow boring …!” β€œLive a little” β€œYou are not what you used to be” β€œWho gets up at 5 o clock on a Sunday morning?” and all the other mundane reactions and responses.

Trust me, don’t take them personally. You are doing what is best for you and hopefully your friends or family members are doing the same for themselves.

No one will understand the lifestyle that YOU want to LIVE – so don’t let anyone talk you out of your dreams. Don’t EVER let that happen.

Let’s not waste another day breathing in toxic air. Take in who and what feels good and discard the rest.

Inhale good shit, exhale all the bullshit.

#RunwithRaah πŸƒπŸ»

Take a deep breath and let it go πŸ˜€

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This breathing technique is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. The power of deep calm, easing the body into a state of calmness and relaxation.

Method:

1. Close your mouth and inhale through your nose for 4 seconds.

2. Hold your breath for 7 seconds while your muscles tense.

3. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound for 8 seconds and let it all go πŸ˜€

Repeat 4-5 times or until you are calm and your heartbeat is back to normal.

This breathing technique works so well for me that it puts me into a relaxed state immediately.

I prefer doing this post my Interval runs and / or High intensity workouts.

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PR – 5K – 21:11

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P R – Two letters that make every runner smile 😬😬

Today I ran a 5K PR in 21 minutes 11 seconds as part of #NYRR Virtual Racing powered by #Strava. It feels AWESOME 😎

I still have a long way to go if I have to beat 5K < 20 minutes. That’s tough, but nothing is impossible. 🀭🀭

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