Tuesday, February 20, 2007

End of one marathon and another starts

Its been months since my previous blog the last training run my 22 mile run before the Silicon Valley marathon. Few weeks before that I had quite a scare- my knee gave way and I was limping literally for a while. Anways to cut a long story short- I took it easy on marathon night and ran an easy pace and finished the Silicon Valley marathon without much difficulty. I didn't push myself hard and I had a comfortable run without cramping. I did suffer a bit from knee pain that hadn't healed 100%- nothing a few pain killers couldn't relieve though. I did give a full sprint finish- something I had hoped to do at my first marathon in Portland, but couldn't. I was a happy man.... not for long.

Big Sur, the course that seduced me to start running marathons in the first place still remained a dream. I dreamt of running down Highway 1.. everytime I drove down from Carmel to BigSur, I drooled. Realistically, I realised its a difficult course, by all accounts it has 18 hills and most of them after a 500ft climb to Hurricane point at mile 13.

Training started earnestly- myself and Suresh started hitting the hills at San Antonio Rancho. He also convinced me of the benefits of cross training, combine this with our kind of independent arrival at the decision to do some speed training and stamina climbed faster than mercury in summertime at Rajasthan. Every rose has its thorn and mine is Asthma- which decided to knock its door.

At this time - a bit beyond the 50% point of my training, I'm happy to say that the worst of the Asthma is behind me. I still have to run 15miles., but at the same time I didn't waste more than 3 weeks of training.

So here is to more training and a sucessful bigsur run---- cheers!!!


Blogger Meera Manohar said...

Good luck with your marathon! I am sure you will be over the hill very soon (no pun intended ;-)

3/02/2007 9:01 PM  
Blogger Saumya said...

I still don't understand why you guys do it. But it is your passion, and we support you.

All the best!

3/08/2007 10:42 AM  

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