Race Strategy #TMM2019 sub 3:30
I started slow allowing my body to Warm Up and not worrying too much about the Runners who sprints too early into the Race. Always remember they are having their own Race Strategy and you are on your own.
I chose to stick to my plan.
Split @ 2 km – 00:10:07 (Pace 05:04)
From NCPA to Peddar Road the roads get wider and I progressively picked up my pace. Not pushing too hard yet. Just keeping it cool and slowly moving closer to my race pace. The strategy was to conserve as much energy as I can for the 2nd Half of the Race.
Split @ 10.4 km – 00:51:36 (Pace 04:58)
Next up was a quick downhill from Peddar Road to Haji Ali and one of my favourite “sprinting stretch”. I clocked a 04:19 in my 11th km and got back into a steady mode from Haji Ali until the end of the Sea Link, making sure that I’m not pushing too hard yet.
Split @ Half Way – 01:43:47 (Pace 04:56)
Note the Avg Pace progressing from 05:04 in the first 2 kms into the Race to 04:56 at Half Way mark – and I knew by then that my race strategy was working.
The next stretch from Sea Link to Worli Sea face via Mahim was MY ZONE. Here, I was faster than my Race Pace starting from 22nd km until the end of 32nd km. The idea is to push hard when you are at your Best. (Also, at this point I was not too sure how things will workout post 35 kms – so I decided to go Fast instead).
At Half Way mark I was a lot more confident, my heart rate was steady and I had conserved sufficient energy to help me push as hard as I wanted.
It was time to run FAST🏃🏻♂️💨
Split @ 27.5 km – 02:14:52 (Pace 04:55)
Split @ 32.1 km – 02:36:53 (Pace 04:54)
At the end of 32 kms, I knew that I had another 2-3 kms to go before I climb the “Peddar Road” uphill and also that I was super strong in the last 10 kms. My strategy then was to slow down a bit and go steady at ~05:00 pace for the next 2 kms. I wanted to get into the climb without getting too tired and wanted to try and maintain that pace (not trying to push too hard before the climb).
I was trying to conserve some energy before the uphill stretch, because I had no intention to slow down or walk at Peddar Road. I knew that I had already covered some distance at a great pace and it was a good idea to slow down a bit from there. (I had Time in my bank there!)
I clocked a steady pace (05:00 – 05:05) for the entire stretch and then pushed harder again from downhill of Kemp Corner bridge towards Babulnath.
Split @ 36.1 km – 02:57:37 (Pace 4:55)
As you all know, I was Targeting a sub 3:30 Marathon and I had exactly 6.1 kms to go and less than 33 mins to get there. 🎯
Honestly, I was too overwhelmed by now, a little bit tearful and I had to wear my shades to cover it up. 😢😎
All I had to do now was to go steady and not lose my momentum. I was somewhere in between 05:00 – 05:10 for the next 30 mins, relaxed, chilled out and super happy to finish the race on time.
Full Course – 03:28:43 (Pace 04:57)
If you train well for your Race, hydrate well, follow the right nutrition, NOTHING can go wrong. Even the Mumbai Weather will not affect your timing.
If you want to do well and meet your Target, then you have to be consistent and you have to focus on your Goals. Don’t make a mistake of setting too many Goals. Target them Little by little, one at a time.
P.S. Forget the mistake, remember the lesson. 🤗
Tata Mumbai Marathon, 2019