Now is the time to reflect on your running in 2019 (and prior years) and think about what’s next for the year to come.
A month from now entire Mumbai will be back on the roads running or supporting the 17th edition of Tata Mumbai Marathon. The excitement and the spirit of Mumbai is something to run for.
But before I move forward, I’m taking an intentional look back. I did the same thing last year and it really helped me achieve my PRs 2019.
However, in contrast to last year, where I simply analysed my races. This year, I have answered the three essential questions to help explore my growth, lessons learnt and experiences that shaped my year.
1️⃣ What did I accomplish this year—big and small, planned and unplanned?
Big Goals that I saw to the finish line.
• A sub 3:30 Marathon – not once, but twice (Mumbai and Berlin).
• First International Marathon (Berlin)
• First World Major Marathon (Berlin)
Small but mighty wins that made me feel powerful.
• I became a Vegan 🌱 in January 2019. Been almost a year now and I feel so happy, strong and guilt free 😃
• 5K, 10K & HM PRs
• Discovered Yoga 🧘🏻♂️ and it’s physical + mental benefits. How it kept me injury free and helped maintain a positive mindset throughout the year. Especially during Berlin Marathon Training where I was running 100 kms week after week.
2️⃣ How did I challenge myself to grow this year?
• Advanced Marathoning – with more mileage per week. A lot of slow and long running. Touching almost 380-400 kms in back to back months.
• In 2019, I did not just run, I supplemented my running with a lot of Bodyweight training and Yoga practice.
It was difficult to clock high mileage, and at the same time not miss any Bodyweight or Yoga sessions. Not to forget I’m a Consultant and I have a work life too. 🤭
3️⃣ What did I learn?
Don’t just run. Cross-Train too. If you want to have a strong body, recover quickly and at the same time feel good about it mentally, you must concentrate on your overall fitness levels. You must exercise and build overall strength.
Try and include Weight / Bodyweight training, Yoga, Cycling or Swimming. Do breathing exercises daily or thrice a week to get all the mental benefits it has to offer.
You’ve collected wins all year whether you realised them or not. Savor the success – doing so fills us with positive emotions, motivates us, and keeps us strong in tough times.
Look back at all you made it happen and be proud.
Remember this. You achieve great things each and every year. Carry that positivity with you into 2020, and let it motivate you to achieve a lot more.
Don’t forget to #RunwithRaah