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Mumbai Marathon: Incred boss followed a 16-week training program for an injury-free run

Prashant A Bhonsle clocked it in 4.27 hours.

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Last Updated: Jan 20, 2020, 04.01 PM IST
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​Regular foam rolling with stretching sessions became an integral part of the preparations this year for Prashant Bhonsle​.​
Regular foam rolling with stretching sessions became an integral part of the preparations this year for Prashant Bhonsle.
The magic of long-distance running came alive in Mumbai on January 19, 2020. The 2020 edition of the Mumbai Marathon witnessed a record turnout, with participants from all walks of life putting on their running shoes for the annual event.

Amateur runners and professional athletes alike traversed the Mumbai-Worli Sea Link - a fixture in the Mumbai seascape - to complete the race. A seasoned athlete, Prashant A. Bhonsle, CEO, Student Loans & Head Marketing, Incred, shares the fitness hacks that helped him shave off a few minutes from his personal-best timing.

How did you prepare for the 2020 marathon?
Following a 16 weeks training program to complete it within the stipulated time and more importantly injury free practice and race. Regular long runs on weekends interspersed with short runs and other cross trainings during week days has helped to build endurance to run full marathon.

​Regular long runs, short runs and cross trainings helped Prashant Bhonsle build endurance for the full marathon. ​
Regular long runs, short runs and cross trainings helped Prashant Bhonsle build endurance for the full marathon.

What did you do different from last year?
I have added weight trainings and swimming to different kind of running schedules like fartlek, Interval, Speed runs etc. Regular foam rolling with stretching sessions has become an integral part of the preparations this year.

What is the one goal, or best time that you targeted this year?
I wanted to complete this marathon in 4:30 hours, and as mentioned earlier, most importantly to enjoy the run and post-run without any injuries or significant fatigue. I exceeded expectations by finishing in 4:27 hours.

What are the fitness tips or hacks that helped you achieve this goal?
Other than usual carb loading before the long runs, I have found that having sips of ORS for two-three days before every long distance run has helped me to avoid cramping etc.

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