This happened to be my first trail race. I took part in the 25K where as some people were doing the 2 day 92.2K ultimate canuck challenge. The fun part about trail running is that it’s on a 5km loop so you keep on crossing the runners (unlike marathons). Most of the course was shaded with a few uphills. It was a hot day so around the half way mark, my hamstring started cramping up. Luckily there were 2 older gentlemen running beside me and they offered me some salt tablets. When they discovered that I was only doing the 25K and while they being twice my age were trying to finish the 92.2k, they just laughed and called me a “pussy”!!! I finished the race in under 3 hrs (no mean achievement). At the post race party while I was getting a massage treatment, the race director announced my name….I had actually finished 2nd in my age category and received a bottle of wine!!! So for the first time in 15 races, I actually went home with more than a medal!!!! That summed up a good day for me!
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.