I participated in the 26K run. I can't even imagine how so many of those guys and gals ran 52+ km.
The first 19 km of my run was good. My knees felt good during the pounding of the feet although my shoe soles suffered and literally came apart. After that, it was a nightmare.
I got severe backache. Probably because my rotund belly has added layers over the past couple of months because of lack of exercise. I really struggled for the remaining 7 km. The killer was the last 3 km.
I somehow managed to complete in 3 hr 52 min. A timing that I'm not proud of, but under the circumstances, I don't think I could've done better.
In the end, I must say kudos to the Ultra Team for one of the best organized events I've ever participated in! They have looked into every little detail always putting the runner first in all their decisions and especially for choosing such a picturesque location for the run. The grassland field that we entered in the start of the run was a true sight to behold just as the sun was coming out.
My aim next time is to do a half marathon without me throwing up in the end, which has become a custom these days.
As I twittered a while ago: "Sometimes I wonder why I even run. Then again, I wonder why I'm even alive."
Update 2: Congratulations to Niara for winning 2nd position in the Women's 26K Open category with a timing of 2:38 hours!
"I always loved running...it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs." - Jesse Owens