The World's First Midnight Marathon took place right here in Bangalore on Saturday midnight. It was held in the area surrounding the iGate office near ITPL.
Niara and myself had decided to run the half-marathon. We didn't even think about the full marathon because we have had no preparation at all, and we were about to run the half marathon just like that. Just the previous week, we both were facing leg pains/injuries but that didn't matter on the D-day.
The place had a festive atmosphere - with "dollu kunitha", clowns on stilts and even fire-eaters. There were bands playing in the main area keeping people entertained when the run was going to start, they were playing pretty good music although I wish they had better presentation skills.
My inspiration came from the smile that actress Ramya gave when I was taking her photo ;-)
And the run began. There was not enough lighting in the running area which caused problems, and clear instructions were not given regarding the loops. Despite these hiccups by the organizers, the atmosphere was great - it was 12.30 am and we were running, a thousand people or so, and enjoying it.
The first loop was completed with great vigor, but the second and third loops were where people started to give up or sit by the sideways trying to recuperate or trudge along by walking/slow running. I don't even want to talk about how the Kenyans just happily went running by (that too for the full marathon).
Because of the small area where the marathon was conducted, the entire run was in a loop - the half marathon was 4 loops and the full marathon was 8 loops (which means that one loop was roughly 5 km). The last loop was the toughest and I started to experience that severe exhaustion that I felt last time - the problem was that running caused exhaustion and walking caused knee pain and I was starting to get cramps as well. So, I decided to split the last loop into the number of roads that we had to run and each road I walked half of it and ran half of it, this tactic worked out well and I reached the finish line within a timing that I would be happy about.
I finished in 2 hours and 52 minutes. My target time was 2 and a half hours, so I took 20 min more than that but it's okay, I'm quite happy about my timing :)
On the other hand, Niara took 2 hours and 20 minutes and she ran with only one break in the whole run - she has both stamina and speed! Way to go, Niara!
The run was good. However, the after-effects were pretty bad. I made the mistake of drinking too much water (by my standards) and I felt sick, a few minutes later, I threw up. After some recuperation, it was a long long ride home and it was a safe one thanks to Niara's brother Razik who took it upon himself to drop me home after seeing my condition. I slept for straight ten hours.
After I woke up, I was wondering whether it was all worth this much pain. I think yes :) Because:
Physical exercise gives such a high, especially running.
Running is more mental than physical. It really tests your determination. Everything else comes after that. And boy, was this a test...
I ran 21 km in 2 hr 52 min.
I participated in the World's First Midnight Marathon. What a great feeling! As the CrossOver folks like to say, we created history!
Note: If you are interested in running and/or training for a marathon, then I highly recommending joining the RunnersForLife group and participating in their runs.