Kavita Raut, the country's leading woman distance runner, isn't addicted to road racing. She is more at home on the track. Nonetheless, whenever opportunity rises, even if the distance is 21km - the longest track race she runs is 10,000m, she performs with enthusiasm.
Nasik-based athlete, whose form dipped after 2010, is looking to race on the streets of Delhi this weekend.
"The race will help me evaluate my performance and prepare for the next season," she says of her plans.
After performing poorly in the last few months, during which she failed to represent the country in the Olympic Games, Kavita will be racing for the first time since July.
She terms her preparation as satisfactory.
"I should be able to win the race. That's what I am looking forward to," says Kavita, who holds the course record of 1:17:12.
Kavita attributes the reason for not cracking her course record, set in 2008, to poor fitness, but says she isn't pushing herself too hard at the moment.
The preparation for the London Games, which began in November and continued till July, left her exhausted, mentally and physically.
Kavita was at her peak in 2010 and the run gave her three medals - silver in 10,00m and bronze in 5,000m at the Asian Games. She also won bronze in 10,000m at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Thereafter, her form dipped.
"That was a bad patch," she says.
Putting the past behind, Kavita is hopeful about next year.
"Running another sub-32 is my aim for 2013," she says.
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