Not a bad Autumn day for running...in fact it was sunny this year compared to horrible weather the last 2-3 years. Another half marathoner collapsed and died. The race started from Mel Lastman Square and it was my first one as a daddy. As usual with no training I started off with a 2,000 odd runners and felt really good through the first 20k's. I called Nadia as I was approaching yonge/steels. By the time I got to Yonge/Finch, Nadia and 5 month old Zara were there waiting for me at the half way point. We took some pics, kissed Zara (who looked totally uninterested) and then off I went. The latter part of the race was nothing unusual. A nice jog down Yonge st to Forrrest Hill, Rosedale Valley, Distillery District, Lakeshore and then back up towards Queens Park. There I was greeted by Nadia and Zara again. I finished the race in under 5 hrs (my expected time). The post race party included some left over bagels, bananas, and a great massage. The medal was huge! All in all, a good feeling of completing my first marathon as a daddy !
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.