For the last 7 years of running I have made improvements every year. Slowly moving from one goal to another. I started with a modest Airtel Delhi Half marathon in 2008 at 2 hrs 50 minutes to my personal best of 1 hrs 41 minutes in 2015.
So why this year had to be any different.
But yes different is what it turned out to be precisely on the 20th November at Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2016
Just previous year I had clocked 21kms at 1hrs 41 minutes which my personal best. I wanted to better my record and get over the other side of 100 minutes. But some things are not to be. Not only I failed to cut the 100 minute mark I also slipped my personal best by 1 minute to finish the half marathon in 1 hrs 42 minutes and 15 seconds.
Now this is not a bad time by any stretch of imagination. It just stopped my improvements over timing in the tracks.
I started the race with some lofty goals in my mind. Yes may be this is one where I will beat the 100 minutes mark that everyone Half marathoner wants to achieve ( We would love to boast that we finish half marathon in double digits- 99 minutes or less).
No such pleasure this time.
I know its not a big deal. The run was not to win any medals. Every runner knows that there are no prizes to win in the end . Its race against yourself.
And this is precisely I have failed.
The other area where I have failed is in making the same mistakes over and over. I ran the first 5 kms faster than I had ever run in my life sometime clocking as fast as 4 mins 36 seconds to a Km. This really pushed my heart in the red zone from where I never recovered. This made me struggle a lot in the last 7 kms of the race. Close to 50 runners overtook me towards the end of the race. Yes I was counting.
So what are the lessons.
Wait for muscle soreness to get over. Wait for another 12 months. Airtel Delhi Half Marathon we will meet again in 2017 and we will see if we are getting any older or not.
May be I should train more regularly and learn to pace better or else like they say- This is the beginning of a slippery slope my friend.