I am still waiting for the official stats for my number 11528, but my first marathon was an experience
How did it start, well I woke up at 5.30am, because I thought we were setting off early at 6:00am. I was at the starting line by 6:15am, fashionably late, but I walked around and met a few of my friends saying hello and warning everyone to memorize my number because they would be looking at my back all the way to the finishing line.
The 42km and 21km races set off first, at about 7:00am and 7:30am respectively.
The start of the 10km race was like the release of hundreds of spanish bulls from their pens into the streets. There was a bit of jostling here, and there, but the race was on, pushing the race to the next point.
Into Kololo we ran, down to Lugogo bypass near Kati Kati restaurant, the corner of the first water point. By the time I got there, it was like a tornado had hit, but I got a sponge and bottle of water to cool the body, I had not trained remember. I walked quite a bit, ran when I could, off into Kamwokya.
By the time I got to the Uganda Museum, the muscles were screaming for me to stop, my only path was forward to the end. I had to cross the finish line. When I saw the 7km marker, I was in shock I thought it should have read 10km, but I called up superhuman strength to keep putting one leg after another.
Into Yusuf Lule, then Golf Course, I was happy to hear the music since I knew the end was near. Finally I crossed the finish line, I could not believe that I made it. I had really got into the final stretch, I helped a friend over the finish line, and there I was.
My whole body ached like I had been hit by a truck, but I had finished the marathon. The rest of the day was a social and business event, made a few contacts and I enjoyed my self a lot.
MTN Uganda, well done, it was a lovely event and we had a lot of fun, especially we who run for fun.
Till 2011, I will aim to reduce my time for the next event