My Past 2 Months and My Plans Ahead (It involves the Ladakh Marathon!)

I have not been very active in the past two months, neither on this blog nor in the fitness and exercise scene! There are many reasons behind it. Like it has been more than 2 months since I was last at home, most of this time was spent in a small town called Mathura with my grandmother and other relatives. There weren’t many options for exercise available there and hence you won’t find many updates on the Consistency Page, but I do admit that not having equipment shouldn’t have been a excuse for not being active. I always have my legs with me (and I do carry my running shoes in bag too) to keep running anywhere I am. Also I should have been more consistent with my Convict Conditioning Calisthenics/body-weight exercises which I had actually began just because of my such trips.

On a more positive note, I did keep practicing my strict diet for most of the time and lost 2-3 more kg, bringing down my weight to 75 kg right now. I also bought a used tractor tire in Mathura and did on a few days, “tyre flipping” workouts, along with Calisthenics. And I did go for a run a few times.

Now currently I am in Delhi, the capital of India, and we are in the process of shifting to this city from Pune, where our current home is. I don’t know whether we’ll settle here permanently or move on to a next city in a few months or years. But that isn’t important right now. What’s important is that I should start exercising religiously again, just like I was doing till a few months ago!

Along with trying my best to increase my calisthenics progressions, and increase my strength with Power Lifting, I plan to run the half-marathon in the Ladakh Marathon this year. When I found out about this marathon last year, I had originally planned to practice ultra running and participate in the Khardung La Challenge. But now I like speed more than the distance covered and would prefer completing a half-marathon with a great time rather than a marathon at a slow pace!

The event will be held on the 14th of September 2014 in the town of Leh in the Ladakh region of India.  I still have about three and a half months to train for the half-marathon and work on my speed to improve on my previous PR of 2 hours and 15 minutes in a half-marathon I did in Pune in January 2014. The interesting thing about Ladakh marathon is that its average altitude is more than 3500 metres (11,500 feet) above sea level! That brings down performance due to the reduced oxygen and other factors arising due to very high altitude running, thus, that’s one more reason I should be training harder for this one.

I have decided that my training will involve a lot of days of Interval training to increase my speed. Also, there will be long runs, every weekend, by long I mean as long as 21km (13.1 miles), that is the half marathon distance, or even more, as I have already ran 32 km about three months ago, while practicing for the whole marathon. These long runs will help me build a good base and make the race day distance of 13.1 miles an easy affair for my (hopefully by then) well-trained legs.

P. S. In the past 3 months there hasn’t been a single run in which I ran more than 10km, so I do need to handle these things carefully and try to control myself from over-training! 😛

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