LITTLE by LITTLE, a LITTLE becomes a LOT

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I like who I’m becoming. A lot.

I was able to clock a sub 1:50 Half Marathon in 2016 and that was after running 8 Half-Marathons in 12 years since 2004. The difference between sub 1:50 HM attempt vs all those years from 2004-2015 is that I only trained for it in 2015.

I never really ran as much as I run today, and it was a couple of short runs prior to race day. My yearly mileage was less than 30 kms per year back then and it was the Mumbai Half-Marathon where I covered the maximum distance.

Running a Mumbai Marathon was a ritual, but then in mid 2014 after not being able to register for Mumbai Marathon 2015 (I did not have a timing certificate), I realised that I am spending too much time in the gym with all the weight training and stuff, I was Strong and Fit (for sure) but I was not seeing any improvement in my running speed and endurance. I always knew that progression beats perfection, and after doing some speed drills and running tests, I had to have a plan to improve my overall running performance. You can say, that’s when I actually got into running.

I am super thankful to my wife , I got disciplined only after I got married. 🤗😘

It all started with Goal-Setting and I promised to myself that I’ll attempt a Full Marathon only when I can clock a sub 1:50 Half Marathon (my last best being 2:05). I worked on an Annual Running plan in 2015 with a goal of achieving a sub 1:50 HM in Jan, 2016. I was sincere and focused on my goals. I clocked a 1:48:21 in Mumbai Marathon, 2016 and that’s how I crushed my first ever running goal. 😃😃😃

Later that year in June I registered for my first Full Marathon in 2017. Since then I have been consistent, taking small steps each day, striving for progress and celebrating every time I cross a checkpoint. It could be a tiny step, a sub-goal or a Marathon.

Raah has been Running ever since. 🏃🏻‍♂️

So, just pull your shit together and go for a run.

P.S. Don’t forget to celebrate every tiny victory. 🤗
#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂️

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. 😒

Nevertheless, I will try, try, try and try again. If I can get better, why not? 😃

#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂

One Mile – a magical distance

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Everyone should aspire to run a Mile to see how fast they can run this magical distance.

If you are already a runner, it is most likely that you would be targeting a 6 to 7 minute mile. But, we all know that it is not so easy to master the mile at that pace – it requires a good balance of speed, strength and courage.

Today, I attempted a mile in 06:09 as part of a virtual race by #NYRR celebrating Global Running Day week powered by #Strava

It was my first attempt in June this year, and the outcome was far better than the last two attempts (06:26 and 06:17) in June a year ago. This time around I was less tired and was able to finish strong.

Three years ago I had clocked my best EVER mile in 06:08, which is just one second faster than my pace today 😲 – so I am not quite there, but will surely make another attempt this month end. (Looking forward to a sub 6-minute mile – some day)

IMPORTANT: Going out and running a 6-7-8 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. Remember, you are not competing with anyone else but you. So take it easy. You can always make multiple attempts.

It is important to finish strong 💪🏼

#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂️

A Story of My Mile – Second Attempt

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As a part of an ongoing promotional event in June (The Strava Mile), I had made my first attempt on Wednesday 14th June, 2017 by running a mile in 06:26 minutes.

A Story of My Mile – First Attempt

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.

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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.

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First Attempt

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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. 🙂 🙂

March, 2017 – One Month at a Time

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14 runs | 11:28 hours | 126.1 kilometers

The month of March went exactly as planned. Not only did I follow my training plan sincerely, I almost ended up doubling the no. of kms run from 68.22 kms in February to 126.1 in March.

Mostly, my runs were at my General Aerobic (GA) pace of 06:15 – 05:45 mins/km (some of them slightly quicker than that – but I prefer training at a slower pace). Occasionally my GAs formed a Negative Split (i.e. running first half slower than the last half) and I think it is one of the best way to end any race stronger

Negative Splits

At times, I mixed the GA runs with Speed runs; starting with a warm-up, followed by 10 x 100m interval of Speed run (as fast as I can) and ended the session with a Cool Down.

I also ran a couple of runs at my Lactate Threshold (LT) pace of 05:15 – 05:00 mins/km. Again, warming up at the start of each run followed by some kms at LT pace and ending with a much needed Cool Down.

Lactate Threshold

Weekends were mostly recovery runs at an easy relaxed pace.

February, 2017 – One Month at a Time

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9 runs | 6:11 hours | 68.22 kilometers

Last year, I started with my routine running in the month of April and SCMM, 2017 training plan in mid-September. It did work well for me to some extent, but then it was also one of the main reason why I fell short of running 1200 kms in 2016. I clocked 10 runs in 5 months covering only 78 kms (2 runs in Feb, 1 run in March, 4 runs in May, 1 run in June and 2 runs in August) and then I covered up 800 kms in the remaining 7 months (too much to catch up with). I was nor sincere – nor regular with my running.

In contrast, I chose to train through out the year in 2017. My annual running cycle began this year in February and would end with SCMM in January, 2018.

I began with a “thrice a week plan” (phase 1) starting with 24 kms in the first week, with an increment of 1 km each week for the next 16 weeks. It covers mostly Short, Interval and Recovery runs.

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Interval Run

For Interval runs, every km I run, I split it into equal half, starting with a Recovery run at a very slow pace followed by a speedy run, wherein, I try to push myself as hard as I can.

Interval runs are so much fun and are one of the best ways to reinvigorate yourself.

January, 2017 – One Month at a Time

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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.