The season which started with TCS 10K in May 2012 and ended with the HM at Auroville in February 2013 went very well and as per plan. I achieved the objective of qualifying for Boston at the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon in October 2012 and furthered my chances of getting in, when the registrations start in September 2013, by beating my qualifying time by 2 minutes 40 seconds at SCMM 2013. I attribute this achievement primarily to the FIRST training program which I followed with a single-minded focus manner between June 2012 and January 2013 - this is of course the hardest I have ever trained in my life!!
Here's the summary of the races I ran this season :
- TCS 10K - 27th May 2012 - 51:11
- Puma Urban Stampede - 5th August 2012 - 22:05
- Mohawk Hudson River Marathon - 7th October 2012- 3:39:57
- Bangalore Ultra -10th November 2012- 5:07:31
- SCMM 2013 - 20th January 2013 - 3:37:20
- Auroville Marathon - 10th February 2013 - 1:44
Now, between seasons, it is time to take it easy for the next couple of months. Unlike last year when I took 6 weeks completely off from running and cycling ,this year I hope to do 4-5 cardio workouts per week between cycling and running - however the workouts will be moderate with no specific time target. I do not intend to run beyond 25Kms during this period and keep the weekly mileage between 25 and 40 Km. However, I will continue with couple of days strengthening per week. The goal is to try and maintain the current fitness level and try and not put on more than 1-2 Kgs of weight!
Training for the 2013-14 season's first race (TCS 10K at the end of May) will start at the beginning of April and then I will continue to train for the first FM of the season at the end of August in Hyderabad.