Month: October 2013

Good Run?

The Coimbatore marathon that I ran on Sunday was a mixed bag for me. My net timing came to 2:31:45. As bad as the Hyderabad marathon. And yet I don’t feel as bad about it as I felt after the Hyderabad run. After your fourth Half Marathon, your timing should certainly be better than that. But I don’t feel all that bad.

Although the timing of the run is close to my personal worst, it was the strongest finish that I have had till now. I think until 14kms, I did the pace that I would normally have done if I were not running with Nanda. My split at 14.8 kms was 1:41:19. Which I thought was good. After this point, I had the strength and energy to do 6.30 min/km for the rest of the run. That would have taken me another 40 mins and my timing would have been about 2:20 hrs which is not bad considering that I had just 3 hours sleep the night before.

I slowed myself and gave Nanda company for the rest of the run. I wasn’t required to do that during the run and he certainly didn’t ask  me to. I actually expected him to be stronger and I felt that if we ran together, we would push each other. He started tiring after 16kms and I had to hold back to run with him.

I wanted to avoid doing the mistakes I had done during the Hyderabad marathon and I think I did pretty well in that aspect. I have gotten stronger over the past few weeks and the quality of the run in Coimbatore was much better compared to any of my previous runs. I didn’t feel tired during the run the way I usually feel and even after the run, I felt I had the energy to do another 5k which bodes well for me as I have planned a 25k for this Sunday.

So more practice and more discipline are the way for the road ahead. And if I want better timings during my runs, I need to stop doing charity work and start concentrating on my own runs.

Pre Coimbatore update

I will be running the Coimbatore half marathon this Sunday. It will be my fourth running event. Somehow this time it really doesn’t feel like a big deal to me. Since I have now shifted my focus to training for the full marathon, the half has lost its punch a little.

Still it is a half marathon and the last half I ran was a struggle. I need to make sure that I don’t repeat the mistakes that I did in Hyderabad. I will need to start slow, maintain that pace for the first 4 kms, raise my pace a little till the 9 km mark and then access the conditions.

My splits during last years Wipro Chennai marathon were 46 mins for 7.25 and 1:38 mins for 16.5 km. I should try to be somewhere near those timings. 50 mins for the 7 km and 1:40 for the 16 km are realistic goals that I can set for myself. I took 42 mins for the first 6.5 kms during my last long run, so 50 for 7 seems like a good target to have for the first 7 kms. I could try to do the next 8 in another 50 mins. So will reach the 15k mark at 1:40 mins. From there I have 35 mins to complete the last 6k or so. Shouldn’t be too bad I guess.

I will probably be running with Nanda during the run so we will try to push each other. I think a 2:15 finish will be a decent result. Since I am treating this run like another training run, I wont really try to go for my PB. I don’t think I can do my PB even if I try to. I don’t understand how I did a 2:02 in my first half. Insane.