Even two months after the Auroville marathon this year I have not been able to make the time to write my race report. I have never been this late in detailing my expereince of a running event; however since starting my new job just a few days before this event life has been very very hectic. This has also impacted my weekly mileage. Normally even during the off-season I clock about 35 to 40Km per week. My running mileage the last two weeks has been 30 and 15Km respectively. This week I did higher cycling mileage (on a stationary bicycle) than running which is very rare for me. Also, this week my son who has suddenly (re-)taken to running clocked more mileage than I did. My weekend schedule has also been such that I missed out on two 10K events in the last few weeks: the Science and Technology 10K run at IISc on 6th March and Contours Women's day run on 13th March.
Just like the previous two years I thoroughly enjoyed myself at Auroville - the new route with even less road and more trail was fantastic and the organisation was as good as in the past. Despite not pushing myself I managed to complete in 4:12 well within my goal of between 4:20 and 4:30. This was my best ever FM finish in a trail marathon by a large margin. I hope to write a detailed report on the race within the next couple of weeks.
With the world 10K in Bangalore about 10 weeks away I need to pick up on my training. The plan is to do some tempo and interval training to try and do my fastest ever 10K. I am also expecting a confirmation on the Hyderabad marathon soon so that I can start training using the 16 weeks FIRST program from the beginning of May.