And Monday we had a team outing at Thungareshwar. It was a 4km climb on a gently rolling hill - for a temple and a waterfall near Vasai. I went up and back without any fuss. Patted myself on the back - couple of months back I could not have pulled this feat. The body adapts itself really well.
The next 3 runs I kept myself to less than half an hour - so I could spend more time doing the knee strengthening exercises.
Sunday morning it was raining heavily. I was worried about the park.
As expected I found the track very muddy and un-runnable. I left the park and came to my parking lot. However this time I did only 25% of a run in it. Rest I did it on the tar road.
As expected after 5 kms, behind my knee I started feeling the pain. Don't know it was the mind playing tricks on me, or it was really hurting.
Choose to ignore and continued listening to the book - which was quite engrossing. Our hero puts a spell - in a duel with the Malfoy character - which brings out a nameless creature from the unlife.
It starts tearing him apart, and is rescued by the Dumbledore like Head Principal - who dies in the process.
I run 10kms without a break and recharge with a banana and a liter of water.
Sparrow Hawk graduates as a wizard and goes to protect a village from Dragons. He successfully does it and tries to return to his School. However the creature has become his shadow and he is not able to get near his school - since the school is protected by spells which prevents such creatures from coming near. He has to fight the creature all by himself. Oh btw - this nameless creature - is the Voldemort in HP. Oh JK - what a rip off you did?
My legs start showing signs of pain. I run 1 km, walk a bit and run again. I continue doing this - guess this is my rhythm.
At 21kms I again eat a banana and half a litre of water.
Still 5 kms to go.
Around 23kms a gentleman - who was cycling earlier - but later had given the cycle to his wife and he started running - called out to me. Way to go man - and gave a thumbs up and an expression of admiration. I said Thank you and continued.
Typically my ego is in check - always humbled by the distance and pain. But now it erupted to its fullest glory and was very pleased. However I did not do anything foolish - but kept my run a km, walk a bit routine.
I reached 26 and stopped. Wow. I think the marathon is on.
I think for next week I will continue the same plan.
Monday,Tuesday : Rest
Wednesday,Thursday : 5km with a good dose of knee exercise.
Friday : Rest
Saturday : 5kms with knee exercise
Sunday : 29kms.
Monday,Tuesday I took rest.
On Wednesday it was raining heavily. I thought I will do skipping. Did a 100. Found I was not sweating, and did a 100 more.
Then a pain came up on my left ankle. Not good.
The next 2 days I was mentally kicking myself whenever I thought about this.
Then on Friday went for a run, and thankfully there was no pain. Saturday went for a short run in preparation for Sunday long run.
Again started my run after setting 26kms as the target.
Around 18kms I felt pain somewhere behind my right knee. Thankfully the left ankle did not hurt. I walked for a few minutes, and again ran - and again the pain was there.
I somehow managed 23kms and quit. My mind was furiously working on Plan B. Just do a half marathon it said. You don't have it in you - need more training. Again do you want to face the ignominy of coming last in the full marathon?
However I felt that I still had some energy in me. I was not spent like the earlier runs on Aarey Colony - where I had to run on slopes.
Found the name : ITBS - Illotibial Band Syndrome. And found one of the remedies is not to run on concrete surface.
A light bulb went up. At 10AM they close the park and at that point I would have completed 16kms. Then I come back to the parking lot - and after running a couple of kms - around 18kms - that is when this pain starts.
Also I found a good site on knee exercises. Decided to incorporate them after every run.
This one : http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/c25k/Pages/knee-exercises.aspx
Oh - and I started a new book : A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K.Le Guin. Harry Potter is a straight copy of this book. HP is all about the boy who will do no wrong etc. In this story - our hero who goes by the nickname - Sparrow Hawk - has skills, but also has the follies of a normal human being. It is way darker and our hero keeps making one wrong decision to another falling deeper and deeper into trouble.
And similarities - walking through walls, a school where they teach wizardry, illusion tricks, a Malfoy like character. JK Rowling.. disappointed with you.