With just 13 weeks left to the race , I sit at my desk wondering if I will be able to run this one. I love running but unfortunately a twist in my ankle in February 2013 led to Achilles Tendinitis for me and that was the end of my running days. After months of physio and rest I can finally walk sans a limp and have attempted jogging only once so far.
I used to run at Joggers Park , a park in Bandra Mumbai but now since I moved I need to get myself acclimatized to the new park near my house – Priya Darshini Park.
Heres my plan of action –
Week 1: 18 to 24 October – Since its been a while since I ran and have only attempted jogging my focus for this week will be to be able to walk a total of 30 kms this week. I will try to add a jog in between but I know I need to take it easy in order to avoid injury.
Week 2 : 25th to 31st October – After the 1st week I am hoping I will be in a better condition to attempt running. Idea is to incorporate a total of 10 km of running during the week accompanied by 15 km of walk/jog combination. Not only will I build my stamina during these 2 weeks but also hopefully follow a runners diet and shed some fat kgs gained during my break from running.
Week 3 : 1st to 7th November – This week is about covering more distance. Idea is to cover a total of 40 kms this week. Of which I hope to cover 15 km of running and the balance as a combination of walk/jog.
Week 4: 8th to 14th November – This week I will cover the same distance of 40-45 kms but increase the running to half. So if I were to train for 5 days in a week I plan to cover 4km everyday running and walk the balance. Again this will be accompanied by strengthening and stamina building exercises and a runners diet .
Week 5 : 15th to 21st November – This weeks target is 50 kms with 25 kms of running through the week.
Week 6 : 22nd to 28th November – I hope to be able to cover 30 kms of running this week and cover a total of 50 kms in all.
Week 7 : 29th November to 5th December – This is the half time mark , with about 6 weeks of training left before the race day I plan to increase the running distance to 35 kms in a week and a total of 60 kms covered during the week.
Week 8 : 6 to 12th December – By this date ( unless I can pull this one off I may skip the race totally this year) I should be able to cover 75 kms in a week with a combination of run/jog/walk . Idea is to cover more distance and stress less about the timing this year as for me ability to finish the race is key at this point.
Week 9 : 13th to 19th December – I will keep my goal to 75-80 kms but will incorporate a 10 km non stop run on Sunday.
Week 10 : 20th to 26th December – This week will be about covering long distances at a stretch and I will run only 4 days this week but cover 70 kms in toto.
Week 11: 27th to 3rd Jan – Need to hit 80 km running mark this week , whether over 4 days .
Week 12 : 4th Jan to 10th Jan Need to have alternate days for running covering a total of 15 kms per run for the first 2 days of running and a long 20 km run in the last day.
Week 13 : 11 Jan 17th Jan – I have no plan of running this week but just covering a distance of 50 kms walking to keep myself fit but injury free !
The race is on 19/1/2014 and I am very excited , determined and at the same time a little nervous as I am not sure I will make it that far with my foot. The plan is to try to train and take it one day at a time and to follow this routine as much as I can. If I can run the race and finish it , it will be one of my biggest personal achievements. I will update the blog on a weekly basis to compare my target with the achievements.
Wish me luck !