With my training funded by Conscience Keeper (It helps that my birthday falls nicely in place with the SCMM training - easy to get sponsorship), the guidance from my coaches Athreya and Dharmendra from Drava, companionship from my training partner Latha, and lots of tolerance from my friends and family while I trained - I have a lot to be grateful for.
I am satisfied that I managed to give my best to the run - I didn't pause even for water, or walked - and finished strong. D's advice of "being okay about being uncomfortable during the race" went a long way in pushing me through. Also, I couldn't bear the thought of facing Athreya - who has tolerated so many of my misdemeanours - with a poor race timing.
The route was fun this time, with a to and fro on the Worli-Bandra sealink. Not only did it feel great to be running on the sealink, but it also offered a flat terrain for atleast 6-7 kms. Upto 14 kms I was doing good pace, and though the inclines after that were a bit tedious, I could still manage a steady pace. After the 18th km, I started feeling tired, but I remembered the 1600m speed runs around Kanteerava Stadium during training, and pushed myself to increase my pace.
While I owe a lot to training, there is huge room for improvement in my own effort. I would give myself a 6/10. Since it was the first time, I also would give myself some margin to err.
I was also fortunate to have Latha as my training partner. Apart from being such a positive influence, she also introduced me to GKVK where we did a couple of long runs that really helped me.
Going forward, I will be preparing for TCS 10K in the coming months. The focus will be on two things:
- Losing weight (the strategy is to walk on non run days + strength training + yeah, having rice only few days a week)
- Aiming for 60 minutes at TCS 10k (by continuing with my speed and tempo runs)
But for this week - and only this week - I will walk around with a smug smile and show off.
Snapshots from #SCMM 2016
|At the SCMM Expo. SCMM is the biggest race in India - and the crowds (both running, and cheering) completely justify the tag!|
|Fueling up the day before at Pizza by the Bay. Loved my carb high for the day.|
|Marine Drive was swarming with runners the evening before the run. Even our taxi driver who took us there was excited, and promised to come to cheer us.|
|Runners at the Currey Road station|
|The long queue to the bus shuttle|
|Latha and I with our finisher medals. What a relief!|
|Celebrating with my cheering squad - sister P and my school friends - at Leopold|