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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Back after a long break..

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.

6 comments:

urja said...

Hi Girish,

I am a regular follower of oyur blog on running as was taking tips for running form the same.

Glad to see you are back.

67 k is great. I struggle to get past 21 km.

Am also interested in knowing about triathlon.

Please send me your email id on mulraj.gala@gmail.com

Cheers
Mulraj

GM said...

67K is amazing! Do not lament not finishing the race - you did great and there is always a next time... Are you planning to participate in the Mumbai Marathon - if i recall correctly, its in Jan - correct?

Cheers,
GM

Girish said...

thanks Mulraj. Visit my profile on blogger and you will be able to email me. http://www.blogger.com/profile/04923948088345062798

I will be posting a lot on Triathlons going forward. Do post your comments/questions on the blog and I will try and answer them. It works better than email exchanges, as there is a log of it.

In case you are participating in the Bombay marathon, best wishes.

Girish said...

Thanks GM, its difficult as I have done a longer distance before this (at the same venue).

Yes the Bombay marathon is on Jan 18 and am looking forward to it. And as always I will be participating in it.

Hormaz said...

great effort Girish on the ultra! i was confident that u wud do well as i kept a track on yr training runs, but may be the last couple of weeks to the ultra, put you off track. however a great run! all the best for your mumbai marathon.
cheers.

Girish said...

Thanks a lot Hormaz. Yup, am hoping to changes things around for the Bombay marathon.