Thursday, April 27, 2017

Weekend run in Belagavi

Run duration: 75 mins

Just like any other weekends, I decided to go for a long run on a Sunday morning. Only difference being, I was in Belagavi this time.

I got onto Khanapur main road and ran couple of loops for more than an hour. Weather was pleasant and supported me to have my longest continuous run with no pit stops.

Considering my recent running, I'm planning to register for any 10K races in the month of May. As mentioned in my previous posts, I won't be able to run Bangalore 10K scheduled on 21May. So I will have to checkout any other runs during same time.

Will keep posted, anyways.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Long evening run

Sunday long run: 69 mins

Summer's here and the sun rises are early. Not quite a comfortable situation if you plan to have a long run in the morning. Sun's already up at 6:30am and you need to be faster than the sun at least by an hour to avoid running in hot sun.

The lazy part of me won today as I wasn't able to wake up at 5:45am. I immediately procrastinated for evening run around the lake as usual. 

The plan was to run for an hour without any stops at conversational pace. From past couple of weeks I accomplished running more than 5Ks quite easily. Hence I decided to stretch myself with an hour run this time.

I generally start at easy pace but as I cover 1 KM, I tend to increase my pace automatically. I realized the faster pace a little past 2KMs mark, so I reduced it immediately. I covered around 3KMs with easy breathing with only my nose doing the job. Later, it became harder due to which I had to start breathing through my mouth to ease the load. After a solid 7KMs mark, the breathing was in rhythm and I decided to give my lungs further load by breathing only through my nose. I reached my goal of 1 hour run and I still wanted to run more. I continued for 5 more minutes and before stopping I checked the distance covered and it read 9.3 KMs and that's when I decided to close it with a round figure of 10KMs. I finished my workout of 10KMs in ~69 mins and it was indeed satisfying. It always feels good to run more than the planned distance giving a little extra at the end, pushing the limits.

I had started my run a few minutes before dusk and by the time I finished, it was already dark and the security personnel was waiting for all the people to finish up so that he can lock the gate and call it a day.

Plan is to up the ante with combination of tempo, interval and long runs in the following weeks.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Nrupatunga betta, Hubballi

I had been to my hometown, Hubballi (ex Hubli) this weekend and got an opportunity to have my usual Sunday run on an alleviated route. There is a hill near to my place, Nrupatunga betta, which gives a solid trail for a tough run as it has moderate to steep sections and surely tests ones stamina.
After many miles at Bengaluru since past few weeks, I was looking out for a new trail and I surely didn't wanted to miss my run on Sunday in Hubballi.

I ran ~7kms covering the hill twice. Yes, I scaled it twice to get double the kick :) Even after that, I still had energy to cover more. It had rained the previously day and the weather was pleasant during the run, a little humid actually. I will surely run again on the same trail the next time.

Coming back to my running routine, I'm running trice a week now which includes one long run on Sundays. Feeling better these days w.r.t my capacity to run at faster pace for longer intervals. I was looking forward for the Bengaluru 10K marathon but unfortunately cannot make it this year on May 21st due to a wedding at home :(

Anyways, that will give me a chance to find a new city to run my next 10K before I register for Mumbai Marathon scheduled for Jan'18.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Bengaluru Midnight Marathon 2016

Run category: 10K
Timing: 01:04:57

It was time to up the ante so I decided to register for a 10K as I've been piling up lot of miles lately.
Initially, I planned to register for Goa River Run but later decided to avoid out-of-town runs to reduce travel. I've recently traveled around quite a bit so decided to checkout any 10Ks in the city itself. Bengaluru Midnight Marathon, consisting of full, half, 10K & 5K marathons, was also scheduled at exactly the same time of Goa run, so got registered immediately.
Last Sunday, I had a long run of 10K at easy pace and I could finish it in 70 mins. Based on that, I set a target of 65 mins or lesser. I would love to finish sub-60 mins but achieving this target would be very difficult with the given preparation.

Bengaluru Midnight Marathon was conducted in the Whitefield area of Bengaluru city. Mary Kom graced the occasion and it was conducted quite nicely. The 10K race started at 10PM and as planned I ran the whole 9K with consistent pace and left some energy to finish off strongly in the last kilometer. I finished in 64 mins 57 seconds and was quite satisfied with it. With that I've got the confidence I can improve that timing further in coming runs.

I saw good participation with good arrangements. Reaching the venue caused some issue due to traffic jams as it was Saturday late evening. One thing which the organizers can improve is to have full road for one way route instead of dividing it for two-way with a U-turn at the end. This caused little congestion at certain phases. I understand, this would make extra roads to be blocked for the event. Anyways, organizers would have got first hand info and would have already noted.

Looking forward for more running in coming days.