What happens when you run too much!

November 16th 2008 was the Bangalore Ultra marathon 2008. I had signed up for the 25k which was to be held at 7:30 AM. We reached the venue (Our native village resort, Hesaraghatta) at 6:00AM. I was very excited to see so many runners and as usual I got a little too excited. The 50K / 100K run was supposed to start at 6:30AM. So I went ahead and signed up for the 50K race.

In the practice runs the maximum distance I had run was around 15Kms. I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but was determined to do at-least 3 loops of the 12.5 KMS.

The first 25K was easy and I was able to finish it in 2:18:26. The problem started when I continued further. I could suddenly feel that I’m going slower. I was monitoring my pace per KM. It was amazing to see how my body was not ready for the long distance. I had lots of energy in my mind to go faster, but just couldn’t go any faster. At around 32KMS I had a very bad cramp on my calf muscle. This was my first cramp while running. I could feel the calf muscle harden like a stone. I did some stretches and continued the run. In the end I stopped at 37.5 KMS. I didn’t want to run any further.

I enjoyed the whole run, I’m glad I tried the longer distance. The confidence of doing another full marathon is back. I was not sure if I would do another full marathon after doing the Bangalore full marathon in 2006.

Here is my timing chart of the run. Needless to say the graph after 25K just goes down.

KM     PACE / KM     Total Time
1       05:05     0:05:05
2       05:12     0:10:17
3       05:00     0:15:17
4       05:24     0:20:41
5       05:26     0:26:07
6       05:03     0:31:10
6.5    03:06     0:34:16
7.5    05:06     0:39:22
8.5    05:46     0:45:08
9.5     05:50     0:50:58
10.5     05:33     0:56:31
11.5     05:20     1:01:51
12.5     05:00     1:06:51
13.5     05:28     1:12:19
14.5     05:33     1:17:52
15.5     05:14     1:23:06
16.5     05:26     1:28:32
17.5     05:59     1:34:31
18.5     04:27     1:38:58
19     03:14     1:42:12
20     06:17     1:48:29
21     06:18     1:54:47
22     05:33     2:00:20
23     06:02     2:06:22
24     06:02     2:12:24
25     06:02     2:18:26
26     06:33     2:24:59
27     06:36     2:31:35
28     06:38     2:38:13
29     06:45     2:44:58
30     07:16     2:52:14
31     06:49     2:59:03
31.5     05:24     3:04:27
32.5     08:12     3:12:39
33.5     09:15     3:21:54
34.5     06:41     3:28:35
35.5     08:13     3:36:48
36.5     07:19     3:44:07
37.5     07:01     3:51:08

The funniest part is the day after the marathon. Everything in this video is true to me (including the last scene) 😀

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