The sole purpose for me to start running was to shed off the extra pounds .To my surprise, running not only helped me in transforming my physical frame but also ignited a passion towards fitness. When I am not running, I hit the gym or go for swimming.
My first major event was Sabarmati half marathon. My passion led me to complete 10 half Marathons (PB 1:51 Hrs), 1 Full marathon, 2 Ultra run (includindg SPRR- 78 Kms). While completing the marathons was my initial goal, now my focus is to stay fit and enjoy running. My personal target in 2018 is to complete a Half marathon in less than 1:40 HRS and attempt for Half Iron Man.
I had been a pacer at BSafal Half Marathon 2016(2 Hrs) and Rajkot Half Marathon 2016(2:15 Hrs).
Runners whose personal best is within 2:30 hrs around a year back and have trained well for the last year, have a fair chance of breaking into Sub 2:15 Hrs.
On race day ensure you are at event location 30 mins before the start time and do some slow warm-up exercises. This is very important since we will be running at an average pace of 6:22 / Km so proper warm up will help you to quickly get into nice and easy rhythm. I intend to start at a pace of around 6:30 Min / KM for the first 5 KMs after which we will slowly get into steady rhythm at our target pace. At 15 KM,some of you strong runner can push forward to finish earlier than me to achieve your PB. I will push rest of the guys and finish the line on 2:14 Hrs
Be ready to have fun!
I would suggest you ensure a proper carb intake as your dinner and good sleep of 7/ 8 hours the night before the race day. On the race day drink water just to ensure we refill the amount lost in sweating. If any of you have energy gels and are used to having them, I will advise you to have one 5 min before the race start, and then one every 45 minutes for optimum performance. Others can grab energy drinks or ORS on the route when required.
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