April 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
I decided to run a half marathon race 15 minutes before the start of the race yesterday. I originally intended to just meet a fellow runner and run with him as a rabbit to help him achieve his time goal in the race but never got to meet him. It was a chilly day but it was bright and sunny, I found out later that the Ash Cloud from Eyjafjallajokull volcano was finally moving over Reykjavik and the air quality was deteriorating.
The official result is here , I finished 99th of the 192 runners. I was quite satisfied with my time as it was 8 seconds slower than what I set myself as a goal. 2009 and 2010 have been wondering years in my running as I am starting to understand my body and able to set goals that are challenging yet achievable. It is a great feeling…
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Above is the route of the Marathon, it was a pretty good route which I have run a number of times. Started off with a good clip, at the beginning of the 5th km my Garmin battery died so I was more less blind to my pace. I felt pretty good and completed half way in about 50 minutes I think I was not sure. Then the wind was on my face for the rest of the race, it was brutal. Never the less, finished the race by sprinting the last 200m with the clock striking 1:45! of course I stopped after passing the clock only to notice the finish line was a couple of yards in front of me and all the people standing shouting at me to move forward… which I did and that cost me the last 8 seconds 🙂
April 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
I have been keeping with the running regime but have not been blogging… shame on me! anyways, here is the summary of my running in 2010 and it has not been bad.
I have registered to run a 5km race on the first day of summer (today!) and the goal is to run as hard as I can and set my first 5km PB. The race starts at 12:00 noon in downtown Reykjavik… I have run this race route before and it is pretty flat except for a small hill stretching about 300m.
January 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
Here is the official result of the run… nothing spectacular, but I ran the race well within my capacity. I should have pushed myself harder, but what the heck it has been an awesome year and I am very proud of my improvement of 3 minutes and 57 seconds from the last year result.
Thank you hlaup.is to capture my picture!
August 27, 2009 § Leave a comment
I had decided that I would run the half marathon in Reykjavik in 1:45:00 which is 5 minute pace. The day started very early as I got a call from India at 5:45am and I had my alarm at 6:45. Never the less, got ready, Alok and An our friends from Amsterdam had come to visit us and also to participate in the Marathon. Alok was running the half marathon and An was running the 10k. We took a cab from our house to the start line, got there about 40 minutes before the start warmed up by running around the lake in downtown Reykjavik.
I started out a brisk pace and kept at it till the finish, I felt very good all through the way and actually I pushed myself to run hard at the end of the run. The strategy seem to work well and I ran the race in 1:36:10, which is my personal best and this was the fastest average pace that I have ever run even taking my practice runs into account. Here is the official result
The average pace was 4:32/km, I am very happy that the hard training is starting to kick in but the ultimate goal is Chicago Marathon and Boston qualification. I need to keep this above pace if I want to qualify for Boston. It is going to be hard but I feel confident that I can train hard for the next month and be best prepared for the marathon in Chicago.
July 23, 2009 § Leave a comment
Here’s your individualized training program:
| Your current race time is: 0:46:03 for a 10 K
Your distance training goal is: Marathon
You currently train: 41 – 48 km/week
How hard you want to train: Hard
Your long-run day: Sunday
Your training program Starts: Monday, 7/20/2009 Ends: Sunday, 10/4/2009
Length of your training schedule: 11 weeks
June 11, 2009 § Leave a comment
I finally went and bought a memory card reader and was able to get the pictures loaded onto Picasa. Ragnar was my running partner during the training and on the marathon. I had written about my result last year in another post. I completed the marathon in 4:08:00, my running partner on the other hand did much better he finished in 3:45 or something like that. I was very happy for him. Overall it was a good experience. The Copenhagen Marathon route was very interesting as well, the buildings, the water cannals and parks were very pretty but I remember the weather to be little chilly and windy.