Another year, Another ADHM done…

eade5c4d352e06352c168bb0af3e30d886dddcb8f5dab5eaf760b17c9e7ddb0dEver since I started taking long distance running seriously and ever since I started getting to know the running groups in Delhi, the one thing i noticed was that everyone seemed looking forward to, at any time of the year, yes, the tAirtel Delhi Half Marathon or ADHM… and the count down to the event… starting even before August when the registrations usually opens (i had a count down even for the registration opening day)…

ADHM, for most Delhi runners, is the end-of-the-year point… you plan an year’s run as ‘pre ADHM/preparation to ADHM’ or post ADHM….

Well, after numerous runs around Delhi and strategizing and planning… there was ADHM, last weekend… Last year I ran without much expectations and clocked 2:17:16 (as I type that certificate is in front of me, pasted on my board)… So, they promoted me from line-up F to line-up C.

With a PB (1:54) clocked weeks before the race and I was hoping I could break that…. But winter, and sprains and Delhi weather… and topping all the huge crowd, I couldn’t get my plan right… But still managed to finish within 2 hrs (1:58:27)… People say that is decent enough… They say finishing the race in 2 hrs is a big thing…

On the big crowd… I could barely find space at the start to move forward… There were dangerous runners around, with no curtsey, pushing others….no space for free running… The number will keep on going up year by year, for sure…

Delhi weather… The pollution situation in Delhi after Diwali is just alarming… whenever I got out for a run, I could feel the kind of air I was breathing in… With the situation will definitely go from bad to worse in the coming years unless the Govt. steps in with actions…

What bothers me most is the injury scares…. These days its frequent… may be I push myself a lot… I set a pace and I get upset and I come down that point… I get so competitive with my yesterday’s records… May be it’s the old short distance runner in me… so eager to break records everyday…. So, eager to better the pace…. I ran a recovery run at 5:16 min/km and ppl send me alarming messages… to slow down!!! I know I need to slow down a bit… be less competitive… lots of work for disciplining myself for next year… well, next ADHM 🙂

Whatever the reason I pulled out for not improving my PB, I am signing off the running calendar with lots of satisfaction…. The kilometres ran this year, the hours I trained… the hours I spent on planning… the unhealthy habits I gave up (though there were many temptations)… I am proud!!! Though there needs lots of improvements, I am happy the way I have disciplined myself…

The thing with runners like me is ‘As long as there are roads, we are ready to run…’

Can’t wait for the next half marathon!!! Well, I have promised myself a winter break… let’s see how that will go… 😉

 

 

 

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Yes, I finished a half marathon…. I did it!!!

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I did it…. yes, i did it…. finished a half marathon….

Finishing a marathon was a challenge i had put in my bucket list a while back….
Last year when i was around for the 6 km run, i envied the half marathon finishers with their finisher medals and i had said to myself, next year you r doing it
Delhi marathons happen during winter and during winter my arthritics problems will double up… yet, i wanted to take on this challenge…
Trained for 4 months…. improving the pace day by day… taking up different levels; hard, easy, medium… it worked well… inbetween i had some injury scare…. managed to keep that cool with volini sprays and and bandages….
Race day…
Race day didn’t start well for me… Didn’t sleep the previous night… probably because of excitement or tension… Then my cab driver turned up at the destination and refusing to come to my address… luckily, managed to reach in time….
That feel when u r about to take up something big and you are surrounded by 1000s of competition… that rush… that adrenaline… that was something!!!!
I had a strategy specifically for 21 kms…. race and then slow down… race again and slow… and on and on… But with 100s of people around, that didn’t work…. so i went on my average pace from start to end…
I have never anything like that before… so when i finished, i was surprised at my effort… and a timing- 2:17:16…. made me proud!!!
Pace: 6.31 min/km
The finisher medal....

The finisher medal….

When i came back home after the race, every part of my body was aching… and i was dizzy, from lack of sleep and fatigue… but, i was happy…. happy that i did something which people said i cannot do and never expected me to do… i am glad i pushed myself… and i will push myself more to prove many more wrong….
I am looking forward to next year…. and the year after that… for all the runs and races and challenges i can take up!!!

One more week to race day!!!

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It’s here… almost here….

One more week to go…
Last day i collected my bib and all from the Marathon expo… since then the excitement is at another level…
So far… Running gear – check, nutrients, supplements – check, energy drinks – got it all…
Plan of action on the day – check check check (100 times)…
Reebok RealFlex.... i ran ADHM last year in this... sticking with it again...

Reebok RealFlex…. i ran ADHM last year in this… sticking with it again…

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Enerzal…. seems good!!!

Only worry is the severe cold and getting a bit of arthritic related injury… deciding not to exert too much next week… Focus mostly on strength and stamina building… and not giving any room for panic attacks (last day, i had a nightmare – i got up way too late on race day)….
Well, getting ready physically and mentally….
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, here i come….

My RunKeeper…

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I have experimented with numerous fitness app ever since i had my first android phone… Whether it is for running or walking or working out, i always trusted some of them, especially the ‘endomondo’ which was the first among the many used…

What was cool about endomondo was we get to see the route map even after you share them in facebook or twitter… The speed, the distance, the calories burned looked almost accurate then… But, every app when they grow will come up with some bugs or drawbacks… What happened with endomondo for me was it made most of its services under premium (paid)… and other services needed lots more storage space which made my phone running slow…

So, i had to uninstall endomondo and then started my experimentation with other apps in googleplay… some apps, keep accurate fitness report… but when you keep the phone in your pocket, the report will be something else… some apps wont even show the running route map… or cals burned…

After reading many online reviews, i came across this app called ‘RunKeeper’… Almost perfect compared to the other apps i used… I can even keep my phone in my pocket; it wont affect in getting the proper gps… Pace, calories burned, distance travelled…. route map, everything looking accurate for me…

The awesome thing about the app is it update your distance, average pace and all every 5 minutes… For me, preparing for the marathon, it is a reminder every now and then… another cool thing i found was the data it keeps in website… endomondo, i could never open in my laptop and check my progress…

So, i am planning to stick with this app for a while… it keeps me motivated and gives me a record of my activities…

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