In my preparation I have realised it is always ‘mind over matter’. Just make up your mind, lock your determination , ‘push your limits’ and nothing is impossible.
This year’s SCMM is just around the corner, so I decided to interview fellow runners/trainers and see what training/tips do they follow and how they prepare before the run;
Gautam Das, director with one of the leading foreign bank has completed more than 10 half and full marathons by far. He is also a certified marathon trainer fromACSM(American College of sports medicine).
“The biggest hurdle is to start and then keep going. If you can squeeze a workout in your daily routine for about 2 months, it becomes a habit. Once you are regular, you start feeling guilty if you don’t spend time on your health. My entire family is committed to staying fit – my 7 year-old son, wife, and parents. My wife and I completed a few full marathons and compete in swimming events. We often run together and plan family activities around sports such as swimming, trekking, nature walks etc.Exercise gives back more than what it takes – energy! This is one investment which directly benefits you and you enjoy the returns. These activities are fun, and keep me and my family in good spirits. You feel refueled and healthy.There is no good or bad stay to start – do it today and not tomorrow.”His mantra ?Run for fun. Practice hard and avoid injury.
Archana Verma,is a mother of two, Regional head at Canara HSBC and is completely into fitness. An avid runner,Archana ran the 2014 year Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon with an injured toe and still managed a timing of 2.25 hours for the half marathon and targets a 2.15 hours timing this year. She stood 5th in the Aarey marathon with the a timing of 2.25 hours. She practises yoga twice a week, does weight training twice and squeezes in swimming in between all this and her runs.
In the ‘tapering’ week, her training looks like;
1 week before-Stepper workout along with floor leg workout.
2nd day-Practice an hour of yoga(preferably power or Ashtanga yoga) and then a massage
3rd day-300 meter sprints and 100 meter walk and 5 such repeats , followed by stretches.
4th day-light yoga and freeing of muscles.
One day before the Marathon-Just relax
Apart from this ,she suggests hydrating with loads of water throughout the week.Atleast drink 2-3 litres /day.
Archana’s motivation? “It’s not about the timing as much as it is the joy of seeing different places on a pair of running shoes”.
Beena, marketing consultant at a leading FMCG company, mother of two, has been running from 2011, and has run about 10-12 half marathons including SCMM, DNA half marathon, Great Wall marathon etc. Interestingly she took to running to improve her squash skills and never left it.Her training tips before the marathon ;
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate atleast 3 litres a day.
Do one or two shorts runs , 3-5 kms maximum
Last 2 days just rest
One day before the race hydrate with Enerzal or an equivalent energy drink
Sleep early, the night before
Don’t try any new gear at this point(clothes,shoes,gadgets). Stick to the tried and tested.
Run about 5k at your marathon pace midweek. You can do running drills to improve running form on second and third day of the week. Watch videos on youtube to know more about running drills. Get a thorough body massage done midweek.
His technique?His running form? He suggests to watch you tube videos of pro runners and always keep improving your form.
- Do a midweek short run at race pace and massage.