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.