This blog is a contribution from Jaisingh Vaerkar, who has been training with the KaysFIT Academy for more than 2 years. Jaisingh is 47 years old and enjoys running and has run many marathons and ultramarathons in the past. In Sep 2019, he will be running LA Ultra and currently training for this high altitude event.
“Do not miss the bonus “lessons learnt” section in the bottom of this blog. You will find some interesting “B” words that you should start hating immediately.– Jaising Vaerkar
DRHM is always a favourite event in my running calendar and I signed up this year as well knowing it would possibly clash with my alumni meet in Yercaud. I missed my alumni meet to run for DRHM again. In my experience, DRHM has always been a well organised and executed event in Chennai and the lessons that I learnt are immense.
I decided that I should put my experience and my learnings in words from this race while it is still fresh in my memory.
Building up to the event, I was planning a 2 hr finish based on my 10k time trial which I did in 55.5 mins. My Coach had given me a target time of 2 hrs 4 mins based on my training. Well, I decided to take it as it comes.
I was well-rested and went to the start line confidently. At the start of the gun, I found myself fumbling to get my Garmin started only maybe 300 or 400 metres into the start and realized I was running too fast. It took me some time to settle down at my comfortable pace at around the third kilometre. Maybe it was the sheer excitement or just the strange nervousness.
I ran comfortably and stopped for my first gel at the 6k and again and at 12k. I was planning to have gels at the 7 k and 14 k initially. At the end of the race, I had saved time at the aid stations by just grabbing some water and kept moving while eating the gels. This certainly helped me in saving a couple of minutes from my finish time.
For the first time, I was able to run up the flyovers strongly and comfortably and that was a huge relief. I was stuck in the wave of 10k runners and was weaving my way through while coming down the flyover on the return loop for almost 7 km. Humidity was high but I can’t really complain as this is the weather that I had been training under in Virudhunagar as well. I felt at home in Chennai.
Around the 14th km, I saw Satyashil running ahead of me and decided to tag along with him. After a while, I went ahead and started picking up the pace all the way to the finish with a 2hrs 6 mins 38 seconds with a personal best time.
A big thanks to Coach Kay for helping me with the training plans and for having regular reviews. I’m also thankful to fellow fitsians at the academy for their constant support and encouragement.
I will take all the positive learnings from this race and apply them in the races I have signed up for the rest of the year.
- Never start off too fast
- Coach has been pushing me to get my weight down to help me. I have already started losing some extra fat but still more to go.
- From observing my diet I notice that alphabet B has all the BAD words in my diet. I’m going to stay away from them as much as I can.
- I have been more watchful of what I order or put on my plate now.
- More focus on strength training and need to do it more regularly
Finally, having a personal best almost after eight years of running is very satisfying especially when ageing and pushing closer to my 50s