Sunday, March 2, 2014

Absolutely exhausted but happy...

or (another title), I just ran the Kilimanjaro half marathon.

It is the first time I have ever run a half marathon!!
Katie and I began training (from scratch) last July, slowly building up the endurance.

checking out the stadium the afternoon beforehand

We had an early start, getting up at 5am to get ready and find a good parking spot near the stadium (we were a bit nervous about leaving all our bags in the car).
Thanks Alexis for all the driving - to Moshi and around the town.

 posing inside the stadium with Kilimanjaro in the background 

the Simonsons - a couple we regularly saw running on the TGT track in the months leading up to today - getting ready for the full marathon

waiting for the half marathon to begin

The course was tough. The first half of the run was uphill the whole way.

Half Marathon - starts 0700, out of the college gate, and turns north, towards the mountain. Uphill, about 250 altitude gain in 8 km. At about 8 km, the route follows a dirt road for about 2 km, though some farms and schools, before joining Lema Road, and the long downhill back to the stadium.

At about the 7.5km mark the first men in the full marathon, who had begun 30 minutes before us to run an initial 21kms, began to pass by. They were magnificent. Machines. Martha described them as antelopes later on. 

the hill just kept going, although it was very picturesque

 Martha coming in way before Katie and I :)

Alex (from the gym at TGT), me, Alexis, Katie & Martha

I was very pleased I qualified (in the first 2200) for a medal and t-shirt. 

This afternoon I fell asleep about 4.30pm and woke up to find it was dark and everyone else was getting ready for bed. 

I think the sorest part of me are my knees and the soles of my feet, although the rest of me is pretty stiff and sore too.

It was a fantastic experience, and I would definitely do it again.