Friday, September 09, 2011

Road to Comrades - Dream run or Gone Crazy?

Imaging your truly with the BIB # 449078
Yes, call me crazy, have signed up for Comrades marathon to do my dream run.  After a few clicks and USD 200 poorer, I wondered whether I made the right call in doing what I did.  But, washed away that 'toxic thought' immediately only to dream about running past the finish line within the stipulated time.  Tired, beaten but happy.  As they say, most of the things are created at least twice, once in mind / imagination and then in reality.  I got the first part covered, now I just need to work on the second part.. small details..:-)

Now talking about executing the dream, I have one more hurdle to cross and that is to qualify.  In order to run comrades, I should have run a 'qualifying' marathon in the past year under 5 hours.  My last qualifying run was Big Sur on May 1, 2011.. but I need something later and by May 2012 to run this in June 2012.

Though I did not plan for it, I am hoping to use Colombo Marathon as a qualifier and jump past the 'qualifier' hurdle.

Now, another crucial question I need to deal with is.. 'How do I train for a 90K run?'.  a distance that I have never done before.  The farthest I have gone is just 48k (Chennai - Mahapallipuram) and comrades would be more than double of that.  All along, I have simply be sticking to 3 core principles and they have been serving me well...

  1. No two days missed
  2. Min 10k per run
  3. 50k per week 

I am not sure if this would suffice for Comrades.  What do you think?

My goal is to simply come under the stipulated time and nothing more.  Can you suggest few practical training regimen?  Looking for your input to shape my Comrades run... Come help me realize my dream.