It was not the best day for running as it was a typical October day in Toronto…..cold, overcast and wet. The marathon starting point was about 10 minutes walk from our house and I got there well in time for the race start. The problem with running in your home town is that you know how much distance is still left before the race finishes. The initial 21K was a loop around North York and I even passed through my house. Nadia was there cheering me on. The latter part was a run down Yonge Street and all the nicer areas of Toronto. Due to the cold weather and rain, I started cramping up near Davenport. From there on, a walk and run for the next 10k’s ensured I finished the race in about 5 hrs. About 5 kms before the race finish, I saw a guy running his first marathon on his 60th b’day. He did finish the race about a minute before me!. Nadia was there at the line and since I was late finishing the race, I got two massages instead of one as there was no line ups !!!!
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.