Shaily is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys food and fitness.She is an active member of Amdavad Distance Runners (ADR). Two years ago on World Health Day when she heard a talk on long distance running by Lihas Trivedi of Amdavad Distance Runners, she got inspired and started long distance running. She is a free-lance nutritionist and that helps her in achieving her running and fitness related goals.
She has successfully finished 16 Official Half Marathons, 1 Full Marathon, one Olympic distance triathlon and many other endurance events.
HM - 2:26BSafal 2015
Slow and steady wins the race
Welcome to my bus of 2 Hrs 30 Min!
Most of you boarding this bus will be first timers or very new to running. So it is very important we enjoy the run to the last mile! For first timers specially, you need to ensure you enjoy every step you take as once you touch the finish line you will be achieving a very rare endurance feat!
But to ensure we run a proper race and enjoy the endurance test, we need to do some basic things prior and during the race.
First and foremost please ensure you don't have a hectic schedule before the race day and suggest you go to bed early so as to get good 7-8 hours of sleep after a light dinner consisting mainly of carbs and not so rich food. Ideally dal rice combo should be good enough. Please keep all your running gear ready the night before so that you are able to make it to the race at least 30 mins prior to the starting time.
First thing you do on reaching the runners holding section is, look out for me. I shall be holding the 2:45 Hrs flag so I am sure you will find me easily. It is very important to warm up as the weather is expected to be cold. So once we are all gathered we will do few aerobic exercises by following the fitness instructor and their team, we can also do some slow jogs and dynamic exercises to loosen our muscles.
I will need a little help and support from you to monitor how we are doing on time, especially at 5k, 10k and 15k mark. We shall initially start slow so we will allow the fast runners to go ahead, we can preferably start from the back. First 2-3 Km we shall run slower than our target pace post which we shall slowly come to the target pace of 7:45 / Km.
At 15 KM mark I will ask some of you to push slowly ahead who I feel can finish before the target time. You too if you feel strong can do that. But it is very important you increase your pace very slowly otherwise chances are you will suddenly feel drained out which is very common in an endurance race. Rest all can stick to me and we shall cross the finish line with lots of noise! Just one thing, during the race don't hydrate more than you sweat and ensure to take energy drinks or fruits which I am sure people will be around to distribute. Also, ensure you take pinch of salt every 5Km so that you don't get cramp because of salt drain out
Race route is very flat which should make you all very happy. Key milestones which we need to ensure are given below:
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