The weekend of 12-13 October, 2019, is going to be epic! And if you’re running the Sriram Properties Bengaluru Marathon (SPBM) this Sunday, 13th October, 2019, you will share something in common with some of the greatest athletes of modern-day sports. It is the “tapering week of the year”.
For endurance sports enthusiasts, this weekend action packed. It is perhaps the busiest weekend of the year in sporting history. Here’s how:
On Saturday, 12th October, is the Ironman World Championship. The course at Kona, Hawaii, is one of the most gruelling and competitive fields for every triathlete. If you’re going to follow the live action online, watch out for Jan Frodeno, Patrick Lange, Sebastian Kienle, Daniela Ryf, and Lucy Charles — some of the podium contenders.
That’s not it.
On the same day, the world will witness what will perhaps be one of the most historic moments in the world of sports. Eliud Kipchoge will attempt to run a marathon in under 2 hours — 1 hour 59 minutes to be precise, at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge. Tune in on Saturday, 12th October, to witness history in the making. This will definitely pump you up with an extra dose of motivation for your run the next day.
On Sunday, October 13th, is Chicago Marathon where the defending champion, Sir Mo Farah will be back to reclaim the title.
Now you know what makes this the tapering week of the year, the time when the best of the best athletes all over the world are putting their training to rest before the big test. What more race week motivation can an amateur athlete ask!
So what should all of us amateur runners who are running SPBM the weekend be doing? I follow the C-R-N-M technique.
On race day, these are a few things I do that you might find useful too:
The time for hard word has passed and now it’s the time to celebrate that with a good race. I thank my coach, Kothandapani K.C., for inculcating these thoughts into my mind.
All the best, and wish you all a strong finish.