SO here I am deciding to run the Dubai marathon. This marathon is like a curse to me, 2 years ago I wanted to run the marathon, I actually trained for it at the time and ended up getting injured( due to over training) . But this year I was fitter overall, just did the Bahrain challenge triathlon around a month ago and was feeling good, so decided to sign up for the race and do it without really much training at all. The longest run I did was the half marathon which was part of the triathlon and that was about it and then I injured my self doing the Bahrain half marathon, so I figured that I would wait till the marathon and see how I feel then, which was 2 weeks away ( Damn ITB)
So 2 weeks later, there I am and decided to just go ahead and do it. I bought a strap that was said to be very good-by a company called pro-tec, so I gave it a go.
2 weeks later, there I am and the crowd were full of energy, I made it just in time, so I arrived and just began running. Started off at a really good comfortable pace, the crowds there were fantastic, very encouraging and all.
At 7k my knee began to call for attention, but the pain was being held back by the strap which is what kept me going. I was fascinated by how a lot of the runners just responded to their call of nature ( just number 1) and watered the plants at any corner which made it comfortable for me if I had I was being called by nature to.So there I am running at a good pace and staying hydrated and sugared up.
I just ignored my knee and at km 22, it just stiffs up and it becomes very difficult to run and I have never felt that kind of pain ever before, so I slow down and start walking and thinking what caused this? Probably the combination of the knee paid and the lack of training so then I arrived at an ambulance and told them that I couldn’t move my left knee , so they iced it, sprayed it and told me to lay still for a while
As I laid there, I said to my self that’s it for me, there’s no point doing a marathon in this condition so I asked them how do I get back and they said the only way back is running/walking back or waiting 2 + hours for a bus to arrive and pick us up 0..O. I had no way out!! That was the biggest and maybe only to this marathon, a no return point. What’s that all about? Suddenly, some girl passed by asking if they had anything for her lower back and her knees, and she seemed to be in pretty bad shape. The nurse tells her to just wait for the bus to come by and she says “No way, I have to finish it’’ and she just continued her 42.2k journey. That, right there was motivation to get up and start limping, but as I continued I said to myself “screw it, I don’t have to go through this, I know I’m fit, I know I could finish a marathon in the right form”, so I started walking again and hopelessly thinking of an exit strategy.
As I was walking and I guess I looked kind of miserable too, a runner passed me and just whispered to me and pointed at her head saying” it’s all in the mind” and I don’t know what happened but I just started running again and ignoring the pain, and I was going fast!
But then the pain just hit me harder so it wasn’t really all in the head only. As I made it to the 30k mark there was finally a turn around point that read 40k on the other side. So I had 2 options, finish this or just take the short cut.
I took the short cut,I have nothing to prove by finishing a marathon in a crippled state, nor would it make me feel better.So, as I turn around to the other side, I just got faster and faster and ran with passion, still hurt but a lot of passion for the long-lost finish line, I had a runner next to me who I was actually pacing and a km away from the finish line she slows down and says I can’t and I tell her “oh no, you’re not, not here and not now, so we finish the race with a lot of intensity,I clocked 32.9k in 4 hours and received a medal that I think I forgot in Dubai and ended up walking just as much as the marathon after that, to make the most of my last night in this beautiful city. My last painful night.
oh! Me and my friend also missed our flight, we thought it would take off at 2pm but it took off at 2am. It could have been worse
Moral of the story:
- You have to train for a marathon, you can’t just wing it. You could wing a 5k, 10k and even a half maybe, but not a full.
- Don’t ever race injured
- If you’re not a pro or race for money, just enjoy it
- It always good to chew more than you can bite every now and then and see where it takes you
- It’s not all just in the mind, you literally have to be physically prepared for some stuff out there
- Eat more fruits and vegetables J
- Be all natural, I used ZERO stimulants in this race ( no caffeine or any sort of pain killers). Just so you can see what you’re actually capable of on your own, go a year or two without them and see what comes out the other side.