These sentences keep coming back to me in my head. I am over the moon now that this day is over.
It was single-handedly the hardest thing I have ever done. It was hot (temperature measured 39 degrees Celsius/ 102 degrees Fahrenheit) at times along the route. The wind was a 25-35 km/h head wind at times (just as the weatherman predicted) and the route was just as uphill and exhausting as feared.
People bailed like you wouldn't believe. Going down in mass, giving in to the heat. Suffering from exhaustion and dehydration. A doctor working the route told us that he had never witnessed, in his 29 years of working the event, this many people visiting the medic tents and seeking medical attention.
25% of the entrants who started the race this year did not finish. Wow! That's over four thousand people.
But I powered through, I accomplished my goal in 11 Hours, 18 minutes. Here are a few pics and videos of the day. I will post more when I can.
Thank you for your support through this journey. What an amazing experience it has been.
|At the Comrades Marathon House the day before the race.|
|At the starting line at 5:30 am|
|Crowds at the finish line|
|Rounding the finish lane|
|I did it!|