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.
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.
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 – for 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.
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.
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.