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Mwea Classic Marathon 2012 - HM

Monday, September 10, 2012

Finally I can get into the creating bloggs, Let me copy and paster here what I wrote for teh Galloway Team Mates:

I was an awesome experience once again.

When I woke up this morning (got up at 4:45am) it was cold and when I came out of the shower it was pouring. My hope was that that would only be in Nairobi.

Then I got ready and collected my friend.
We reached the start just in the nick of time, but then the announcement came that the starts are postponed, since several groups also coming from Nairobi were still en route.
I guess they also had problems getting going. Traffic had been very thin. IN Mwea it was overcast, but warmer than in Nairobi, actually ideal running temperatures.
When we started I had set the timer on my usual 5:1 intervalls. Yeah I know I had wanted to do 4:1....LOL - well it went ok and I kept the intervalls pretty much, only in the last 5km I walked a bit more, especially in the slight uphills.
We started off from a different place than the last 2 years, but only around the corner. The guy starting us off was a Kenyan Olympic Champion in 1968 Robert Ouko. He is a vewry nice guy and has a big heart for the youth.
We were all made to dip our left fingertips in some ink before the start. Reason: To ensure that those who cross the finish line really did take of from the start. We are in Kenya after all and this small marathon can not afford the electronic chip system. I have also taken part in races in the past were at the farthest point you were given a business card or something like that to prove at the finish you have been there.
I took off at a slow pace and resisted the urge to run faster. After about 2km we already had a casuality. A young Lady collapsed about 100m in front of me. Not sure exactly what happened. I stayed with her until I saw the ambulance coming and ensure the guys who were with her lifted her legs for the blood to return to the head. She seemed awake and conscious, just borderline hyperventilating. I tried to get her to breath normal but she was not answering and not doing what I tried to get her to do. Tried both in English & Swaheli. I suspect she was one of the local girls who come all excited for the race and then have not prepared properly. I stayed about 2 minutes with her. When I asked afterwards I was told she is fine.

I had been very dry out there in Mwea, so the dust was pathetic and the motorcycle taxis (a big nuisance here) were a pain in the behind..... They kept on crisscrossing the dirt road we were racing on. Here it is not that easy to get roads closed completely. Last byear they had it better under controll. BUt at least the 3km you run along the main road at the end were well controlled and I felt save there, well apart from that woman who insisted on crossing the road right in front of me and then wanted to talk to me (yeah in those village we white people are still a sensation), but some guys told her off and i gave her a piece of my mind. She was so shocked to hear me talk Kiswaheli, she took off.... Ok got ahead of myself. long before this interlude at about 12km I stumbled and fell. Must have got my foot stck on a rock, most of the race trail is on dirt roads, and they are not always the smoothest. Off course I fell in a heap of dust (trust me to find the dustiest place). Result: scrapes on both hands, a large one on the right elbow and a small one on my right knee. A Lady near me helped me wash it off with her drinking water. (HOw sweet) BUt the one of the knee I could not wash, since I was wearing long running tights and in Kenya you can not just start roling up your trouser without causing a fracas......But through the hole in my tights I saw that one wasn't bad.
Luckily, as much as my hands burned a bit, there wasn't much pain. Almost started laughing when some Ladies, who were on the way to there rice fields saw me and made typical Kenyan sounds to show their empathy, it sounded like they are feeling pain I wasn't having.
I was alos getting a lot of comments along the way (Kenyans keep forgetting some white people also speek Kiswaheli) about this old woman who is running so well. One suspected I must be a former champion LOL
Yep we do have lots of entertainment on the way - totally different from races in US and Europe.....LOL

When I finished I went to the First Aide tent and had the wounds disinfected properly. They are just superficial and should heal soon.

I finished (pure runnning time, I subtracted the 2 breaks when I helped the Lady and when I fell & cleaned my wounds) in 2 hrs 18 minutes and am very happy with the time, for the little training I have done.
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    That is so wonderful :) Way to go! Sounds like quite an adventure.

    3027 days ago
    Thanks for all your support guys, I am overwhelmed.

    this was the first HM this year, but have done many, have done a Full as well on 2004

    Just come over here, this month we have 3 major marathons to choose one. The one I miss, since I am traveling and it must be fun, is the one in the Maasai Mara - a fund raiser.

    Next one I will do will be Standard & Chartered Nairobi Marathon. Will do the HM again. in it's 10 years of existance I have only missed 3.
    3049 days ago
    yay Steph! sounds fun!
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    Congrats and way to go! Sounds like an enjoyable time, except for the fall. Glad it was only superficial wounds. Like Mirage727, I enjoyed reading about a race in a different part of the world.

    (I ran 11.1 miles for my long run on Sunday and the last mile was SO hard. I can't imagine doing 2 more! So now I'm even more impressed with half-marathoners :^)
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    Comment edited on: 9/10/2012 1:27:02 PM
    Wow...! An H/M...?!?! Not anywhere NEAR on *MY* horizon! Hat's off to you with great respect! Especially as the conditions under which you traveled sound WAY less than ideal!

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    Awesome run Steph!
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  • MIRAGE727
    Most excellent. As a former world traveler, I truly enjoy reading about races and experiences abroad. I would have loved to do a race overseas now. Thanks for sharing.

    3050 days ago
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