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). 🏃🏻

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

Yay 👊🏼 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. 😀👍🏼

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#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂

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. 👊🏼

#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 🏃🏻‍♂

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. 🤭🤭

#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂️

Small daily improvements are the key to long-term results. 💪🏼

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To get these results you must focus on your diet, training and recovery.

Sometimes it is okay to cheat on your diet plan or to skip a couple of training sessions.

If you can train well and stick to clean eating 90% of the times then you can say that you’ve achieved your goals and you’ll definitely get the desired results.

The purpose of your training should be about progress, not perfection. If you’re consistent, it is VERY EASY to get those results (I am saying this after completing 12 weeks of my Bodyweight Training successfully). 🤸🏻‍♂️

Most importantly, listen to your body, drink lots of water, get peaceful sleep every night and stick to your plan.

It’s EASY isn’t? 😀😀

#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂️

Week 9 – Bodyweight Training

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Warming Up

A warm-up is one of the most fundamental component of any training program. It is often skipped or ignored.

It is very important to warm-up before you workout – whether you are going for a run, training at home or in the gym. Regular warm-up increases your blood circulation and prepares your muscles for the additional workload.

The blood circulation ensures that the oxygen and important nutrients flows through your muscles, thereby improving your breathing and energy production (you won’t be out of breathe to soon).

It also helps prepare your heart for a gradual increase in physical activity and helps increase your body temperature, which in turn reduces any chance of injuries.

Lack of warm-up and / or hydration is one of the major causes of muscle or joint injuries. So make sure you spend at least 5-10 minutes warming up before every workout and stay hydrated.

After successfully completing 9 weeks of my Bodyweight Training I feel a lot stronger, more flexible and balanced. I can see an improvement in my form, control and I’m more coordinated with my movements. 💪🏼😬✌🏼

Here’s Week 9👇🏼

Workout 1

  • 150 High Plank Jacks
  • 125 Triceps Dip
  • 250 Walking Lunges
  • 200 Side Plank Oblique Crunch
  • 200 Scissor Kicks

Workout 2

  • 200 Jumping Jacks
  • 360s Low Plank
  • 140 Sit-Ups
  • 140 Russian Twist Hard
  • 140 Leg Raises

Workout 3 😅

  • 160 Tuck Jumps
  • 140 Walking Lunges
  • 110 Alligator Push-Ups
  • 110 Russian Twist Hard
  • 110 Knee Tuck Crunches

Workout 4

  • 250 Jumping Jacks
  • 200 Mountain Climbers
  • 150 Rockstars
  • 100 Tuck Jumps

Workout 5

  • 140 Jumping Jacks
  • 140 Push-Ups
  • 140 Forward Lunges
  • 140 High Plank Knee Crosses
  • 140 Squats

Each day’s workout should end with cool-down stretches.

Happy Workout. Happy Running.

#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂️

Week 8 – Bodyweight Training

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Challenge yourself daily and you will be amazed with Results!

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You will visibly see the difference in how you look and in your strength if you progressively do more reps, use harder exercises, do more sets and rest less between sets.

Now in order to improve your fitness level, you will need a lot of time and patience. Impatience and hunger for quick results may lead to Failure (in the form of an injury or in achieving your goals). 😏

Best advice is to give your Goals sometime and you’ll see the results for sure.

This is how I plan my week:

– Make a weekly workout plan

– Check all the workouts that are done ✅

– Rate each workout on a scale of 1-5 and calculate an average by the end of the week.

– Re-evaluate and adjust next week’s schedule depending on the average (it helps me understand how I feel post workout).

– Lastly I work on progressively increasing the average.

It is very important to be consistent.

Here’s what Week 8 of my BodyWeight Training looked like.👇🏼

Workout 1

  • 150 Jump Squats (180 degree)
  • 75 6-Count Burpees
  • 200 Mountain Climbers
  • 300s Wall Sits
  • 75 Up Downs

Workout 2

  • 150 Knee Tuck Crunches
  • 150 High Plank Jacks
  • 120 Sit-Ups
  • 150 Leg Raises

Workout 3

  • 130 Star Jacks
  • 130 Push-Ups
  • 130 Butt Kicker Jump Squats
  • 130 Triceps Dip
  • 300 Punches

Workout 4 😅

  • 250 High Knees
  • 250 Rockstars
  • 150 4-Count Burpees

Workout 5

  • 230 Walking Lunges
  • 345s Wall Sits
  • 75 Push-Up Side Planks
  • 100 Sit-Ups
  • 80 Leg Raises

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It is important to Stay Hydrated with 2-3L of fluids (preferably Water)

Happy Workout. Happy Running.

#RunwithRaah🏃🏻‍♂️ ⠀