A very interesting race and a good turn out. The course and weather were so nice that I hardly got winded. Along the course, I started chatting with a gentleman from the Caribbean and he encouraged me to run faster. He was doing the full marathon (2 loops of the same course). After knowing that I had never broken the 2 hr mark, he made me run faster with him and encouraged me throughout the last few miles and also told me that I have to start running full marathons now ! I did thank him for his advice and proceeded to the finish line while he continued on to the full marathon course. About 500 yards from the end, I twisted my ankle and hopped to the finish line. Thanks to that gentleman, I finished the race in a minute over 2 hrs. That was also my personal best. I drove home a happy man with another unique medal. While I was driving, I saw the full marathoners on the course and decided that it’s time to move up!
I registered for the full marathon but on race day due to lack of sleep and training, I changed it to half. We drove early from Kingston with Yasser and his friend who were both running the 5K. The half started at 10am right after the 5K finish. The field was huge and we ran through some of the most exciting parts of Ottawa. It was a fun race with lots of crowd support. I ran the whole race without stopping once but still ended up running a little slower than my expected time. However, I finished the race just in time before the rains came. After the race we walked around the downtown area before heading home. The medal was pretty nice!
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.