It was a beautiful sunny day in Toronto. Just before leaving for the race I was trying to delete some pictures from my camera of our trip to Eastern Canada. But somehow I accidentally deleted all the photos…I think Nadia was bugging me in the morning while that happened. Anyway, I left the house in a bad mood and drove downtown. The race was as usual packed with runners and was a great atmosphere there. I even saw the 92 year old Fauja Singh competing in the marathon. I ran at my own slow pace and as I was approaching the finish line, I saw Nadia with Aunty (Mother-in-law) there cheering me on…( that was a real surprise especially after what had happened in the morning ! ). After the race I went for a relaxing massage before we drove home. A few days later, I discovered that the photos I had deleted were actually still saved in the memory card. So that was a big relief!
A 10K that I was not supposed to run ! Nadia, Kiren, Lala & myself decided to drive to Montreal from Kingston on race day. I was registered for the half and the other 3 for 10K. However, Lala got us late in the morning and when we got into Montreal, we took a wrong turn and got late for the race. So since the only race left was the 10K I decided to run with them. In the end it turned out to be quite a fun affair. Most of the race we just walked throwing water on each other and chatting away. No wonder we were the last four people to finish the race. After the race we went to China Town for lunch and then drove back to Kingston. All in all, a fun trip. It was nice running with family for a change!
This is my first marathon. We went on a road trip to Eastern Canada and rounded it off with a marathon in Cape Breton Island. The field was quite small and although it was supposed to be around the lake, I didn’t actually see the lake until around the 20th km. Most of the course was boring with hardly anyone around. I ran pretty fast and finished the race in under 4 hrs (my personal best). After the race, I had to wait for Nadia, Mama & Abu for about 2 hrs as the were too busy exploring the Cabot Trail. Around 3pm, we left Cape Breton Island and drove non stop for 9 hrs to reach Edmonston, NB. Then early following day we drove back to Kingston and then to Toronto. So, a pretty good effort to run a marathon followed by about 15 hrs drive back to Toronto!
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.