3 hours Time Trial @ Race Pace

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The Long Run and how to do it RIGHT! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

Time Trial @ Race Pace

(04:50 – 05:00 mins / km)

STRATEGY: Negative Splits (1%)

PLANNED:

10K: 49:30

21K: 1:43:27

30K: 2:27:16

35K: 2:51:27

~ 36.3K in 3 hours

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ACTUAL:

10K: 49:26 βœ”οΈ

21K: 1:43:15 βœ”οΈ

30K: 2:27:27 ~βœ”οΈ

35K: 2:51:34 ~βœ”οΈ

36.71K in 3 hours βœ”οΈ

Ran a total of 37K in 3 hours 1 minute 30 seconds.πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

P.S. With this run I completed 300 kms of running in the month of December. πŸ€­πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€—

Yes it was 12 degree C this morning πŸ₯Ά

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The only FAILURE is when you say β€œI Give Up”

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I set a goal, put out a strategy to keep me on track and I gave it my best shot.

Result: I did not succeed in setting a PR and I have NO EXCUSES for that. I believe it is okay to fail sometimes. 😐

One thing I did not anticipate in my run today is that the 10K Runners would occupy the entire road for the last 3-4 kms and then it is not so easy to run past them at a FAST pace OR to find your way to the finish line.

To fix this, I would remove a couple of minutes from second half of my Negative Split strategy and run the first half slightly quicker. That should compensate for the loss in time towards the end of the race.

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It was my last Half Marathon β€œRace” attempt this year and in the next two months now I will concentrate on my training plan for TMM 2019. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘πŸΌ

So what to do when you don’t reach your goals? Keep calm and stay relaxed, recover and get back stronger. πŸ’ͺ🏼

PRs will come. If not today, some other day. Don’t ever give up. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Okay?

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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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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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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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Training Plan for Tata Mumbai Marathon 18′

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Here’s the journey on how I got from Goal setting to go-getting in the 15th edition of Tata Mumbai Marathon.

Goal Setting

βœ“ Improve on my previous best Marathon timing of 03:53:06
✘ Go for a sub 03:40:00 Marathon (missed this one by 3 minutes and 43 seconds)

Training Tracker

Completed 73 out of 76 planned sessions and skipped 3 Long Distance runs.

Training Plan – TMM 2018

Race Day Results

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42.2 kms in 03:43:43

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Although I missed a Goal this year, I achieved another.
For me it’s not just about achieving goals – that is something I can always try again and again. More important to me is – to be better than I was yesterday.

A failed goal is success in progress.

It feels good when you Run Hard and Finish Strong. I finished the Tata Mumbai Marathon 18′ in 03:43:43 beating my previous best by 9 minutes and 23 seconds.

Now it’s time to recover, celebrate and plan for the next year.

R U NΒ Β  E N D SΒ Β  R U N N I N GΒ Β  D O E S N ‘ T

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