So…if you read my latest blog post, written after my less-than-stellar run in yesterday’s Delhi half-marathon, you’ll remember that I blamed myself for not having trained enough.
And then promptly tried to make you all feel sympathetic because of the terrible leg cramps I endured.
I ascribed the cramps to the humidity and was puzzled, given the fact that I drank loads of electrolytes before & during the race.
Fast forward to this morning, my legs still tight & aching, when I had a class with my lovely trainer, Vijay.
I explained what had gone wrong yesterday, but he immediately swept aside the electrolyte issue, telling me bluntly that the fault was all mine because I hadn’t trained enough.
He’s right, of course.
“And where did you do whatever running you did?” he asked oh-so-innocently.
“In the Biodiversity Park and Nehru Park” quoth I. (By way of explanation, the former is a dirt track in a forest, the latter a cushioned running track).
As Vijay rightly pointed out, I have done NO road running in months.
So my poor legs basically went into shock, after having to pound the streets for 21.097 km + the kilometre to get to the venue + the kilometre to get back to the car!
Yes, it was humid yesterday.
But the cramping was 99% my fault and 1% Delhi’s fault 😛
And going forward?
What am I going to do about this parlous state of affairs? A state of affairs that sort of spoiled my enjoyment of the run, and slowed me down way too much.
I. Am. Going. To. Start. Running. Properly.
Less of the walk/walk/run/walk/walk combo, which has been my lazy modus operandi this summer.
That’s it, folks! Not exactly rocket science, is it?
Watch this space, as I go back to the drawing board.
I have exactly 3 months to get my A into G for the Mumbai marathon, so let the training begin!
Me setting off in the dark, totally unaware of what I was about to endure!
Smiling bravely through my cramps…aka, I spotted a photographer 😛