I am kinda thrilled that I could finish the half marathon at the Kaveri Trail Marathon this year. Sometime last year in September, I had decided to give 10K a shot at the same marathon. I trained for more than a month to finally do a 10K. That seemed like an achievement. New shoes and new gear. After that, I stopped training due to lack of interest and other activities occupying the time. I started training again for Sunfeast 10K in May. It was an easy thing to do now, but my stamina had really screwed up. I did finish it in 65mins but it wasn’t better than my previous 10K run. Soon after Sunfeast 10K, I decided to give half marathon a try. I registered myself for the half marathon and started running as and when I felt like it. It used to be mostly 5K-10K run in the evenings at the Krishna Rao Park in Basavanagudi. But running a kilometer in a loop can get boring after a while. You need something to keep you going which is when I thought listening to music would help. It did help. I loved training while listening to music. It was mostly Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Rolling Stones playing for an hour which really kept me going even on those boring not-so-motivating days. On weekends (mostly sundays), I started running in Lalbagh. A run around the lake would be nearly 1.8Kms. On my first running day itself, I finished 10 rounds around the lake. I was mighty thrilled. It really boosted my confidence to do the half marathon. All runs at Lalbagh have been 18-20kms. The last long run before the marathon was 22Kms.
The trail of Kaveri Trail Marathon is a village road along the cauvery canal. It is beautiful but can get very humid. I was just hoping that it doesn’t rain which would make me very difficult to run with my glasses on. Since I had done 10K last year at the same marathon, I wasn’t nervous. We started at 6.45am, a perfect time. The trail wasn’t blocked for villagers to move around. So we had to avoid cows, bullock carts, motor bikes, trucks while running. There were large stones all along, so we had to be careful about them too. I just ran without looking around much and of course, with music on. It prevents all the other distractions. I did stop the music for a while and loved the quiet surrounding but still having music on helped me. I still grab a sugar drink wherever I could and walked a few seconds where I found it tiring. The first 10.5K was really a breeze but the next 10K was difficult. The sunlight was hard too. But I did complete it. It took me about 2hrs14mins to complete the 21Kms half marathon. I was really thrilled to have completed it. Now I haven’t run after that marathon which is not a good thing. I need to get on to the trail again.Original Entry