17 August – 12 September 15
I admit that I have been too lazy to write. But it doesn’t mean that I have not been training. Though it was a bit less than I wanted because “life happened”. I have been travelling, been sick for a while etc etc. But those are just plain excuses.
I have got bored of writing about my weekly adventures on running and preparing for my first ultra, Bhatti Lakes 100k. I guess it is the excitement and nervousness which is keeping me away from writing. Is it normal? Has it ever happened to you before any event?
Well, now I have entered the tapering phase. I did my longest run of 50k last week i.e on 05 September. It was hard and it rained the whole time. I started at midnight and ran till 6 in the morning. First of all, I had to run all alone in the rain, so it got kind of boring. I just kept thinking about running from ‘gel to gel’. It means that I was having a GU gel every 50 minutes and it became my sort of a motivation to keep going.
I changed my socks a couple of times but they were constantly wet. My water broke…I mean my hydration bladder leaked and all the water came down in my shorts and shoes. I thought then that anything can go wrong in an ultra and this is part of preparation. I then thought of listening to some music. I had an old MP3 player. I charged it beforehand and packed an earphone. When I decided to listen to it , I realised that my earphones don’t work at all. SO, it was an valuable lesson for me that CHECK AND RE CHECK EVERYTHING.
There was a lot of travelling this last period I am writing about. There had been days when I was completely beat and cursed myself for undertaking this challenge. I was dreading the long runs. But now having entered the taper phase, I feel a bit relaxed.
There something new which I have purchased.
I am loving it immensely and getting some great shots. And also I am making a DIY selfie stick, which I will use to make a documentary on the race. Here are some images I took from it. You can also check out my Instagram account for more shots.
I have started with my taper and with my longest run behind my back, I am eagerly waiting to go home and run the race. By the way, my Mom is getting operated and my Dad was supposed to be my crew. So, I am without one right now and it will be nice to have a pacer. Any volunteers? I will give a nice treat of beer and food.
Till then stay fit and keep running.
Any tips to make a documentary on the race using a GoPro?
What all accessories do you use with your GoPro while running?