I woke up an hour before the race and by the time I got out of the house it was already 40 minutes left to the race start. As expected, the 401 on a Sunday morning was empty. But due to rain I could not speed on the highway. By the time I got to the race start, half an hour had already passed and the place was deserted. The race marshalls had even taken the cones off the road. Luckily I found some people on the street who guided me to the course. For the first half an hour, I was the only runner on the course and twice I took a wrong turn and drifted off the race track. Finally, I saw some runners and even overtook the van that was clearing up the cones from the street. The rest of the journey was by and large uneventful as I continued to pass all the slow runners and walkers on the way to the finish line. The one good thing I achieved by starting late was being photographed at quite a few locations! I finished the race in a little over 2 ½ hours but my race time was around 2 hrs. After the race, I got my medal and even won a bag in the draw!
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.