|“We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.” – Emil Zatopek|
Finally after 7 races, I decided to run a distance that’s more than a half marathon. 30K seemed a daunting task as I waited at the starting line with thousands of runners. The big turn out, live bands and great scenery helped me through the first half of the race. I crossed my first hurdle (21K) and then I was in unfamiliar territory. When I saw the 24K sign beside the graveyard, I knew I can do the last six. Then came the biggest hurdle, the huge 1km climb at the 28th km and literally got me winded. I mostly walked that hill and then one km from the finish, we were greeted by the “Reaper”. The crowd was huge at the finish line and as I crossed the line with cramped legs, I knew I was ready to take on the marathon distance!
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.