Its been almost a month since my last post. I have not been active during this period as I have been hooked to twitter, which makes blogging so much easier.
Its been one hell of an eventful month. Lotsa ups and downs, especially on the running front.
I ran my toughest race till date on November 16. The Bangalore ultra turned out to be a lot tougher than what I had bargained for. Thanks to my previous injury, (which had more or less kept be out of action for the last 3-4 weeks before the Ultra), I started having problems with my run after the first 1.5 hours. At the 18km mark I was quite sure that I will not be able to complete the required 75km in 12hour time limit. This meant that I had to run/walk/crawl the next 10hour in great pain (after completing the first 2 hours of the run) knowing fully well that I would not be able to complete the distance in the required time. And this was the toughest part of the race, it was made all the more difficult when lot of runners decided to discontinue after the 50km mark. I still managed to successfully complete 67km in 11hr 37mins. I would have needed about 13hours to complete the race, but this was beyond the timeline, plus it was getting dark.
What was very surprising was the fact that most runners did not do as well as the previous year. I guess training was lacking or they focus was missing. This could have been my lucky race, only if I had remained injury free before the race. I was quite confident of doing the 75km in about 10 1/2hrs and this was the time of the third place finisher. I had prepared a lot better/harder compared to the previous year. This year the weather was lot better, it was cloudy all through and the temperature was pleasant all through the race.