Road to Bhatti Lakes 100k – Week 13, 14 & 15

25 May – 13 June 2015

It’s been 3 weeks, I had written a single post on my training for Bhatti Lakes 100k. Blame it on me and lot of external factors. But here I am again, back to what I like doing.

I did blah! training for last 2 weeks i.e week 14 and 15. Week 14, I was tired like hell because of week 13s long run of 40k. And for week 15, I was again in Gangtok for a week for some work.

Week 13

This week was good as in I logged the highest mileage since I had started with the training plan for Bhatti Lakes 100k. The total mileage was around 84k with the longest run of 40k.

I had a solid week of running lots of kilometres. I felt good throughout the week. The last run of 40k on Saturday at 0300 hours was fun as I was doing this route for the first time. It was a 6.6 k loop, which I did for 6 times. The first 3 loops I did were alone after which I was having thoughts of giving up and finishing the balance part of the run in the evening. But as luck could have it, I found one of my colleague doing his morning trot. I coaxed him to join me in my 4th loop. He peeled of before the 4th loop finished and I found another colleague on the run. This guy was quite spirited to join me on the last 2 loops. Thanks to these 2 guys I could finish my run on Saturday.

After the run I attended office and had a beer with a dear friend of mine who was shifting to a new place. Night was pub hopping time. So, the next day, when I woke up I was trashed and slept almost the whole day.

Week 14

Because of week 13, I could just manage 15 k during the entire week. I was crushed physically and mentally. My legs felt like they were made up of bricks and I did practically nothing to do about it. I also contemplated quitting the training for this race. Then, I had a chat with one of my old time buddies who is into body building. He told me to take some supplements like Glutamine Рfor recovery and whey protein. I thought about it  and today as I write this post, I am also researching about these supplements. It maybe a solution for me to overcome overtraining.

Week 15

I was happy to go to Gangtok, leaving behind the clammy weather of Bagdogra. I had a wonderful time there in the hills but could manage only 3 days of running because of the incessant rains.

The first day was hard considering the fact that I was running in the mountains after a long time but I was happy that it will definitely enhance my fitness levels. I was here earlier for Week 1 and 2. I logged a total of 42k this week including a 20k run in the evening in Bagdogra.

Someone told me that there are only two types of seasons¬†in Sikkim – rainy season and winters. And Sikkim looks so beautiful during rains that I couldn’t stop myself from going out to run in the rain. As a testimony of the beauty, I have some photographs. Enjoy.

Only lifeline...

Only lifeline…

It was spooky all the time.

It was spooky all the time.

It just rained and rained.

It just rained and rained.

Random waterfalls formed everywhere.

Random waterfalls formed everywhere.

I encountered this village during one of the run.

I encountered this village during one of the run.

This wall...

This wall…

I will miss this view.

I will miss this view.

That’s how my last 3 weeks went. Not too great considering I am taking bit longer to recover from long workouts. I need to seriously review my nutritional and training aspects.

By the way, do you think it is a good idea to compile all this training log in an e-book, as in a recommended read on ‘How to train for a 100k?’

Till then stay fit and keep running.

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Author: Neel

I am Neel and the creator of borN. I am an ultra marathoner, scuba diver, adventurer, writer and father of an extremely active child.

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