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Finally I did it! My first marathon…

Today, January 22nd, 2020, 3 days AFTER my first marathon! I ran Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020 on 19th, 2020 and writing this blog after getting back to my senses. It was mix emotions of joy and pain but at the end JOY supersedes…

Accident…

I registered for Marathon accidentally. Last year I did Tata Mumbai Half Marathon 2019 and was looking to register for Half Marathon this year too, but my usual habit of procrastination stuck and when I actually tried for registration, it was closed. But, I wanted to run this year’s Tata Mumbai Marathon any how, so registered for Full Marathon and from there my Marathon journey started.

Journey…

I started running in 2018, and training solo. Then in later part of year, from April/May 2018 joined LifePacers for training. In LifePacers under guidance of 2 times Boston Marathoner, Dyaneshwar Tidke (aka DON), Dr. Praveen Gaikwad and our Gym Trainer Mr. Panada started some real training. My run was improving, but then my usual habit of laziness couple with knee, shoulder injury stuck and stopped training in between and was out of training for 4 months before I ran Tata Mumbai Half Marathon 2019 with horrible timings. After this debacle was out of running totally and was doing cycling, but from May, 2019 onward that too stopped. In between Marathon registration and actual Marathon, I registered for Navy 10K which was on 17th November 2019.

Advice…

So, here comes November, 2019, the month Of Navy 10k and I finally decided to forget everything and start running again. I did Navy 10k with awful timing and when Dr. Gaikwad asked me about my Navy timings and whether I’m doing Tata Half Marathon 2020 or not, I said I have registered for Full Marathon. He then calculated the timing required to complete Marathon based on my Navy 10k timing and said it will at least require 6 hours to complete and advice me to start training.

Navy 10km
Navy 2019 – 10km run

Training…

I’m having 2 full months before the Marathon. I have started running 4 times a week and also started swimming from December which helped me to recover. Did all Sunday LSDs(Long Slow Distance) with longest being 35km. This gain my confidence that I’ll complete Marathon anyhow.

35km LSD
35km LSD Run

The D-day…

bib
BIB

19th January 2020, 3:30am, boarded special train towards CSMT. After reaching CSMT, did some warmup and head straight towards start line.

 

In front of CSTM station
In front of CSTM station

On start line with PedalBeyond friends Uday Joshi, Abhijit Rao, with mix feelings of excitement, nervousness, joy, anxiety.

With Uday and Abhijit
With Uday and Abhijit
TMM 2020
TMM 2020

And race started at 5:15am. I was in C section, so I crossed start line around 5:28am.

Race Start
Race Starts…

On course I met Debu sir and Sanjay Sir from LifePacers. Sanjay sir asked any timings you looking and I said I just wanted to complete, no timings on my mind. On that Debu sir said, this is what you have to approach every run. I was on track and doing good. Crossed Marine Drive, Pedder Road, Haji Ali, Worli Dairy, Bandra-Worli Sea link(took some snaps here) and then finished half way.

At Bandra-Worli Sealink
At Bandra-Worli Sealink
At Bandra-Worli Sealink
At Bandra-Worli Sealink
At Bandra-Worli Sealink
At Bandra-Worli Sealink

Till half way climate was good and looking at past 2 days climate hoping climate will remain good throughout the race. But but but, it’s 3rd Sunday of January in Mumbai and it did not disappoint this year too with that humid climate. My pace reduced, but I’m still going good. But, once I entered that ridiculous, boring Worli loop at 28th km, I literally drained and I started walking/jogging. People says race actually starts from 30th km and I find it how true are those people on that day. And this shows how you have trained both physically and mentally.

 

Finish Line…

All last 14kms I did walk/jog/run, but you have to finished in style, so did sprint of 300m to complete my Race with timings of 5hr 26min. At finish line met ever cheerful Pradeep Pillay with his wife Vineeat Pillay, both after completing their Dream Run, cheering us at finish line taking our photos, vidoes, Great camaraderie… Also met Vivek, who resting after did his PB of 4hr 25min. Also met Baban, Kiran, Sanjay sir. Being my first Marathon, and training I did in 2 months, I was happy after completing. Positive part is I ran 28th km non-stop.

Pic taken by Pradeep
Pic taken by Pradeep
After Finish
After Finish
With medal
With medal

 

 

 

 

Medal Pose
Medal Pose
Happy faces with Vivek and Sanjay Sir
Happy faces with Vivek and Sanjay Sir

 

 

With Vivek and Baban
With Vivek and Baban

My TMM 2020 Marathon Run
My TMM 2020 Marathon Run

Runner’s Plea…

Among timing discussion of everyone on whatsapp running groups, I got feeling of looking at participants numbers(55000), though organizer think they have succeeded in organizing event but true runner is at loss. Facilities like washrooms, hydration support, crowd cheering was good. Also good support for Elite Foreign and Indian runners, good price money. At same time there are lot of amateur runners who trained might not trained as hard as elite as they have their other daily activities to think about, but they put lot of efforts, time than most of runners. They trying hard to achiever their PB(Personal Best), some trying for qualification for world majors like Boston. But, at finish line they get stuck by runners from other races like half marathon, 10k. Sometimes even passerby comes in between. And because of all this these runners might take 2-5 min extra dodging crowd and miss their PBs. This is not acceptable at all. Organizers needs to address this concern on immediate basis. I think In this big event 10k run is not at all required as there are lot of 10k runs happen across the country. Also changing the route, finish point or keeping separate lane for Full Marathon will help.

Alternative TMM Marathon Route
Alternative TMM Marathon Route suggestion

 

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