What a start to 2003….! Over the weekend we were buried in over 30 cm of snow.., and because of the storm that hit the Southern Ontario area Saturday only half of the 1000 registered runners started the race on Sunday….I was one of them. Being not used to running outside, it was a big challenge for me. First, I did not have the right winter clothing and secondly, it was difficult to breathe in snowy conditions with the temperature around -30c (with the wind chill). Half way down the course, I knew there was something wrong with me. I could not feel my toes and the touk I was wearing became hard. I thought about quitting half way thru but then decided to continue after seeing a 70 year old couple on the course. As I crossed the finish line in a little less than 3 hrs, I had sweat icicles formed on my touk and had frost bite on my ear lobes and face. Took a little while to defrost and then headed back to Toronto. Nadia was not very pleased with my effort but still ran a warm bath for me followed by a nice warm meal.
Ziyad Rahim is an adventure-runner from Pakistan. He currently holds 10 Guinness World Records in long-distance running, ranging from marathons to ultra-marathons.