Every sunburn has a story, but this one’s worth a lifetime! Those tan lines and the glory of victory are soon to fade, but the toil in training – a beautiful journey of blood, sweat and tears that will forever be remembered!
I, the winner of one of the most challenging hill runs in the country? Second fastest woman (but the fastest Indian woman yet) on that route in 6 years since the launch of the event.
Can’t express in words my gratitude to Coach Kay and his academy for making me worthy of this honour!
The night before the race I was negotiating a 10 hours target with the Coach while he insisted on 9. Standing at that start point my mind was racing already, contemplating at which point in those steep climbs my heart would break up with me. What followed was not mere luck but a total experiment of putting all the learning from the training into action – form, cadence, hydration, fueling, strategy, and non-stop self-talk until the finish line was in the vicinity.
Home turf…fella Nomadic Nilgirain runners and volunteers cheering at the aid stations…from cops to common men on the road encouraging me, a local to win…family and friends sending prayers…Coach playing race director and waiting with that gold in hand. There was no way I would let anyone else cross that finish line before me!
Felt like all stars were aligned, and it had to be my day! Not the end but the beginning of a bigger endeavour. Determined, I stay! I will make you proud again, Coach Kay. Miles to go…time to upgrade my training plan!
“Even though I had finished a few half and full marathons, I had a nagging feeling of not completing a marathon with total control. I was keen to participate in a 75 km Ultra and that’s when I met Coach Kay. Every week, his counseling and improvement tips helped me gain endurance and confidence in my running. He also designed a race plan including a pacing chart considering my goal, potential, the course complexities, and the weather. You won’t believe it; I was amazed to see my finish time…I finished the Ultra with a 10 minutes difference with the pacing plan. “
“My running journey started in 2016, where I met Coach Kay and began to train under his guidance. My primary objective was to get fitter and deal with my college-days-obesity. I had completed 5 half marathons during the first year and lost a whopping 26 kgs 106 to 80. I couldn’t be happier than this. Now I can’t let a day go past me without exercising. During the initial days, there were moments I became careless and complacent after achieving my weight target. Thank you, Coach Kay, for believing in me and coaching me whenever I needed your guidance.”
“…I could smile at the finish line, I’m not regretting or feeling the pain at the finish. That headache after the finish of any event is now missing, I can have a meal at the finish and immediately after my run, I can carry out my role as a mom. With all these, I noticed that my heart rate started to stabilize at 7:15 pace for a considerably longer time. In the past, It would have gone over the roof for this pace after an hour into the run.
When I started this journey with the Academy my aim was to reach a higher goal and then attain happiness. Now this journey itself looks super exciting and I’m happy to have taken up this journey. “
“It’s been one transformational experience for me. For someone who refuses to walk and needs company, even for an errand, running a marathon means something! I had my goals established and had the confidence to attempt, but the path (I was clueless) to this seemingly impossible task! Landing at KaysFIT Academy proved to be my watershed moment in many ways. My coach provided me with a holistic approach to fitness, diet, and disciplined training, my running has significantly improved over 9 months. The personalized training schedule, feedback sessions, running tips, and more importantly, Coach Kay’s attention during times of self-doubt ensured I completed my maiden marathon beating my goal time.”
“Before May last year, I was absolutely dormant, not because I was lazy but because I just couldn’t do any workouts or runs due to a shin injury. When I was cleared to exercise, Coach Kay advised me to invest in RCF. After completing my first Marathon and the Comrades under him, I have developed complete faith in his coaching skills. I took to the RCF program very seriously, and the results were phenomenal. From starting to walk in June, I did a 45 min 10K PB a few months later. The RCF techniques, rigor, and techniques built confidence in me. Regular reporting and review of the progress with my coach helped me to stay focused. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced runner; RCF is a must for everyone.”
“My first interaction with Coach Kay was at the OOTYULTRA 2018, and right from the pre-race briefing to the actual race, your organizing abilities were quite impressive. I found him to be very approachable and helpful.
Frankly, I didn’t have any training experience under a coach, and the experience with you as an Academy #fitsian has been a great learning. You have a straightforward technical approach to running, often explaining the muscle groups involved in each workout and the benefits of doing them. These discussions have helped me appreciate running better, and most avoid injuries, needless to say, to achieve my short distance races PBs & also to complete my first ever ultramarathon.”
“Very Friendly coach – cost-effective in terms of service provided along with Training peaks Integration – very knowledgeable – vast experience in the field of running – very open to listening to runner’s a choice/option/ideas – I being a recreational runner, training plan is always left open and adjusted based upon our sudden travel/sickness/or due to any unavoidable circumstances like corona or whenever is injured. I was out of training for two months, and Coach Kay extended my membership too extended for two months & I don’t think any other coach will do this.”
It takes a team to run a marathon alone!
My first attempt at a full marathon ended with a 3 min beat on target.
This one run is a sum of parts of all the long, hard training sessions, workouts and, above all, controlling the urge to ‘gift’ the system with improper nutrition!
Big thanks to Coach Kay, whose training provided a formal structure for what I wanted to achieve.
Glad I have a super-motivating coach like you
. Thanks to you, running is no more an activity but a lifestyle.
I am proud and happy to say that I have been part of this incredible journey for the last 3 years since I joined the academy in 2019 with a dream to do a sub-4 marathon. It started wonderfully well, and in just one year Coach Kay coached me to reach close to my goal, which made me believe more was possible. But unfortunately, the brakes were put on by the lockdowns.
It was one of the most trying times when all our dreams in most areas came crashing down. I am sure the coach felt the same way, but he remained a true coach and kept us all going during those trying times with innovative ideas….RCF, Thursday sessions, guest chats etc… it definitely inspired and kept me going in the trying times. I am ever so grateful for that coach. Finally, I fulfilled my dream of sub 4 FM this year. Thank you, coach, for mentoring me into a better (recreational 😊) athlete. I have learnt a lot more than just running from you. Thank you 😊 Wish you all the best.