Delayed reflection on the year gone by - with hectic work schedule and vacation in Rajasthan was unable to make time for this in the last fortnight of the year as I usually do. Better late than never I guess. After 5 years of relatively injury free running and consistently improving performances, 2014 was a let down. The injury that I picked up just over a year ago in December 2014 plagued me throughout the year and impacted my race performances. Due to the injury it was also a lean year in terms of events : 2FMs,1HM, a 10K and 50K Ultra. The high point was of course being able to run Boston marathon - fulfilling a goal I had set myself in 2011 though the timing was nothing to write home about. The other first in 2014 was the maiden experience of being a pacer at Bangalore marathon - albeit it was my slowest HM. The 50K at the Bangalore Ultra was also my slowest ever - over an hour slower than my best in 2013!!
The running mileage was the usual 1800Kms:
And cycling mileage was 1300 Kms :
Update on 2014 goals set in Dec 2013:
1. Sub 3:37 at SCMM - this one may get changed to a sub 4 based on how the left glutes/hamstring/calf behaves in the next 3 weeks - 3:46:23
2. Sub 3:40 at Boston 2014 - 3:50:57
3. Sub 45m 10K in TCS world 10K - 47:30
4. Sub 3:45 at Hyderabad marathon in August - skipped due to injury
5. 75K at the Bangalore Ultra - downgraded to 50K - completed in 5:57:41
Additionally I ran a 23:33 5K at Puma Urban Stampede in August as part of a team of my new employer, namely, Wadhwani Foundation. This was faster than I should have given my left leg niggles and this further exacerbated the injury . Since September my focus has been on strengthening - I restarted sessions at the Manipal Hospital- Department of sports and exercise medicine.
For the first time in last 5 years I am unsure about what events I will do in the year - in any case I am unlikely to race hard in any event till I fully recover from my injury. For sure I will run (though not race) SCMM in January. And the TCS 10K in May and most likely the Bangalore Ultra in November. I will definitely NOT be doing Comrades in 2015. I plan to take stock of events in April based on my recovery status. in any case I am reconciled to enjoy running in 2015 with no time targets and focus on strengthening and come back strong(er) in 2016!!