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.
After completing 70 training sessions in the last 16 weeks I feel strong 💪🏻, confident 😎 and happy 😃
I started my training in the month of October, working on a sub 03:40 marathon. The journey since then has been challenging and my results exceptional. 🤩🤩🤩 I have worked really hard on my running form, pace and endurance and I feel proud about it. 😬
With just one week to go for Tata Mumbai Marathon, 2018; I have butterflies 🦋 in my stomach, my mind wanders 🙄 and I’m feeling the nerves. 🤭
However, I know one thing for sure, no matter what happens, I’ll put my best and enjoy the run. I will make sure I smile all the way to the finish line.
Wishing you ALL THE RUNNERS very BEST. Do well. Finish strong. 🤞🏼🤗
End of the year – you know what that means? It’s time to look back, tally up annual totals, analyze boatload of impressive data and set a few challenging goals for Twenty Eighteen.
Running 80 times covering a distance of 868.1 kilometers in 2016, I stepped forward in 2017 and set an unrealistic goal of running 1500 kilometers.
I know that “Success” cannot happen overnight, so, I had to plan myself for the next 365 days and get habituated with the process of setting and achieving goals. I was specific with my areas of improvement and with a realistic and time-bound annual training plan I was able to crush goals weekly, bi-weekly, quarterly and semi-annually. In fact, I was so confident of achieving my targets by year-end, that I took some time off and was out on a holiday in the month of September.
A goal without a plan is just a wish
I ran 157 times in the year 2017, covering a distance of 1600 kilometers in 144 hours 17 minutes, burning 113332 calories at an average pace of 05:25 minutes per kilometer. (these stats are all-time highs)
While I was out there running, I clicked some “real me” sweaty selfies and curated good memories.
Personal Bests: This Year
I clocked an all-time high 5K – 10K – 15K – 21K and my first 42K 🙂
Suunto Movescount automatically analyzes my Moves to identify my best performance in running and other endurance sports like cycling and swimming. To follow my running progress over the year, for example, I can compare my running pace for several pre-set distances including 1km, 5km and 10km. I can also monitor my trends according to effort to see if my running condition has improved.
5K – over the year
10K – over the year
1K – over the year
Training Load Trend
To get an understanding on how much I am pushing my body, Suunto Movescount tracks my long term training load.
The recovery time data from each of my exercises is calculated to produce a cumulative graph, illustrating my training load over time. Monitoring my long term training load is important from the performance perspective to make sure I train at an optimal level towards my goal.
If the load remains very high for extended periods, overloading may occur and my body will need more time to recover. This way I can monitor my weekly, monthly and yearly training load.
Rest and Recovery
A feeling trend supplements the training load and rest & recovery data. By recording on Suunto Movescount how I feel after each training session and following how that changes over time, I get an additional indicator of my physical condition. For instance, if my feeling trend starts to decline, even though my training load has not increased, it may be a sign I need to take a break.
With Personal Heatmaps I can visualize the ground I’ve covered around these cities. These are basically an Athlete’s Playground 🙂🏃
Comparison: 2016 vs 2017
Max Distance / Time
Goal Setting – Twenty Eighteen
While I’m in the middle of my last training cycle for Tata Mumbai Marathon scheduled on 21st January, 2018, I’m also in the midst of planning activities for the year 2018, and goal setting.
For now, these are the MOST important and challenging running goals I can think of.
2018 kms in 2018
A sub 3:40 marathon
I hope to include more Cycling, Swimming and Gym sessions this year 🙂
You can also refer to the Bucket List section on my page.
June (for me) is one of the best time of the year, my love for rains and for the enjoyment of running in the rains. It’s time to get all soaked up.
Last year I ran just once in the month of June, and in contrast to that I am a lot happier this year to have completed 140+ kms in a single month. I nailed it this time around 😉
Goodbye heat, Hello rains! 😀
The best thing about running in the rains is that, it is gloomy throughout the day and the weather is beautiful (picturesque). I can oversleep and go for a run at anytime during the day and I don’t have to worry about the heat or the overhead sun. I become a little kid running around splashing through the puddles. 😂
Running in the rains is really, really fun. I become that “crazy runner” who’s out there in the rain (mostly all alone), getting those kilometers done no matter what.
I can’t believe that I successfully completed the first 16 weeks (phase 1) of my annual training cycle for 2017. During these 16 weeks “thrice a week” plan, I skipped 7 out of 48 planned sessions and covered a distance of 421 kms.
All my runs in these past months were at General Aerobic and Lactate Threshold pace during the weekdays and easy paced Recovery runs over the weekends.
Completion Rate of 85% | 41/48 runs | 421/504 kms
After the first week of June, I moved to a 14 weeks “four times a week” plan (i.e. phase 2 of my annual training cycle), which will go on until mid-September.
With this phase, I introduced Medium Long Runs (MLRs between 18K – 24K) into my weekly schedule. So my week would now look something like this,
Going out and running a 7 to 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. So, don’t try to run faster than you should. Just go with the flow and always remember, you are not competing with anyone else but you.
A mile (1.609 kilometers) for any regular runner is a short 6-7 minutes stretch. They say all you need for this one is guts and I completely agree with that. Any runner, whether he is a long distance runner or a sprinter can get through a mile. But it takes a whole lot of effort to crack down a new PR.
I clocked my quickest mile in June a couple of years ago at the exciting Puma Urban Stampede 10K, 2015 race in Pune.
PR: 1 mile in 06:08 (Pace: 03:50 mins / km)
If you closely observe the chart above, you will find two stretches of Downhill followed by Uphill of 5kms each. So, clocking a 06:08 a mile on your way down hill with -100m elevation is very much possible, but the challenge here is to maintain and beat that pace on a flat surface.
It has been two years since then, and I haven’t really tried to run a mile as fast as I can.
This month Strava has come up with an interesting challenge. More exciting is the fact that I would be joining other runners from across the globe who are celebrating big, bold effort in smashing a few (million) PRs.
The Strava Mile
Run your best mile in June and share your story with #MyMile
Taking it as a challenge, I went out running today, on a flat road in rains, and attempted to run a mile as fast as I can.
My first attempt this month in rains for The Strava Mile promotional event.
I ran this mile today in 06:26, which was 18 seconds slower than my PR of 06:08. However, this was my 2nd best PR and I am really happy about it.