- I miscalculated my speed .I was wearing a regular watch and thought I was going slow,so I pushed to run faster and tired myself.Learning -Get a Garmin watch or an equivalent so that during the training and during the run,I know my timing without having to calculate them.When the body is stressed out,the mind does not function so well.
- I psyched myself towards the last few kms to take it easy,as I realised I was not going to be able to make my timing.Learning-Never give up!
- When the pacer for the 2.30 bus crossed me in the last 3 kms of my run,I got demotivated as I realised ,I had made a mistake with my calculations.All this while I had been running with the timing of 2.20 hrs(which I figured out later with an App) and would have just managed that if i had maintained my pace.Learning-Don’t think too much,don’t come under pressure.Just enjoy your run.
Madhusudan,Director India operations of Aranca(a KPO),has been running marathons since 2004.He ran the SCMM half marathon in a PB of 1:54:02, an improvement over his previous best of 1:55:28 in the airtel Delhi hm in nov 2014.What reasons does he attribute to this?
” My best HM time before these 2 races was in the 2:06 range. So what led to this improvement? I can think of a few main factors:
– Weather effect: lastly, both in Delhi and Mumbai, the race day weather for the HM distance was very pleasant and that helped in maintaining a healthy pace through the race”.
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 a timing of 2.25 hours and this year she timed 2.11 hours.Let’s assess her training for 2015 SCMM.
She started preparing for SCMM from September.She built a group of like minded runners to train together and group logistics motivation tips information etc.Trained over different terrains such as Aarey ,Juhu beach, Borivili National Park ,NCPA -Worli etc.She also tried a few tough marathons such as Aarey and Goa etc so to make SCMM seem better off mentally.While she was at it,she read a few running books in the interim for additional tips, got onto a good rhythm of whole body workout through the week such as muscle toning chest shoulder tricep , back and bicep, lattes sides, core/abs, most important heavy leg workout exclusively for 90 min .Once in 10 days all of the workout couples with yoga ,swimming, Zumba to build overall strength and stamina and flexibility.She did not follow any particular diet but ate moderately at least 5 times a day.
December, she concentrated on hydrating with 2 to 3 ltrs every day water.Tried different trainings like interval, uphill a few of them.
Manasi Narsimhan,is Vice President,Marketing at Godrej group.Mother to an active toddler and constantly juggling the kid ,a 2 career household, home and work. Started running to lose weight post the baby and loved it so much she intends to continue for life.She has managed to cut down her timing from 2.29 last year to a commendable 2.19 this year for a Half Marathon.
Mahesh Ahuja,had been with the banking industry for 15 years and now an entrepreneur
He says,“I firmly believe what goes around comes around so do good and do better. Keep fit, Work hard, party harder and love hardest. That’s my motto.
My first half marathon was SCMM 2011 and that was my first ever run in the open finished at. 2:48 felt horrible and have improved ever since. 2:28, 2:24, 2:21 and now 1:57
The paradigm shift came in when I decided to register for the full marathon. My ex boss in Barclays told me to first finish half in sub 2 and then think of full.
So i started working hard and improved every run, did maximum races this year, trained 3 times a week and worked on strengthening my lower body. Also did functional training to improve heart strength like cross fit.
Most of all, you need a target and a guiding light like the pacer Puru who helped me to finish much before my target of 1:59
Before the run I just have a banana to keep it light, Don’t over hydrate, and just enjoy the run.
Yes pacer is important if u are targeting 15 mins better than your previous personal best.”
Hope these tips help and we improve on our mistakes the next time.Would just like to end with;