I ran my first and second 10K race in the summer of 2010. During the second race, I clocked my PR for 10K at 46:32 which is a 7:29min/mile. In the five years since I haven’t gone anywhere close to it.
Bridger ridge run is a ~21 mile trail race which is one of the most technically difficult trail race across America. It has huge climbs and a difficult conditions of rock, mud, snow, wind, hail, sharp cliffs and altitude to outsmart you if that distance of 21 mile is not daunting. This race is the reason because of which I started running. Even the 10K races in which I clocked my PR were “practice runs” for this particular event.
Soon after the run, I read a book by Christopher McDougall, a bestseller titled “Born to Run” and it changed my perceptions about running and the limitlessness of being human. I also switched to minimalistic shoes and started striking the toes instead of the heel which I had been using till then.
I ran a 10K after that, with clock ticking more than 50mins. I consoled myself that my gait, posture or whatever that is had changed and it will take time to regain my speed.
I had been consoling me ever since.
Over the years, I was either sick, injured, over-trained, under-trained and haven’t clocked anywhere near that running pace again. In the recent TCS 10K 2015 at Bangalore, India, I clocked 48:12. My best time since 2010!!! Still 100 seconds slower than my PR.
I don’t have answers, I have questions, I have speculations, is it just my will that is lacking? my training? my diet? (When I clocked those PR times, I was my own chef.) my shoes? blah blah!!
So, I am embarking on a new regimen to crush those PRs and miles, I will post if the results are positive.
My Limbs, My Lab! My Heart, My Furnace!
Get.. Set.. Go!!!