A 10km Experience according to Nyachomba

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I finished!!!

As you guys know,Mary and I have been training for the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon 10k for a few weeks now. To be honest, I was only doing it to prove to myself that I could actually do it but also it gave me something to work towards as I tried to work on my fitness. I was also challenged by my family (except my lovely brothers) and friends who did not particularly believe I could do it, the "Nyash, there is no way you could manage to finish the 10k" as well as "Hahahahahahaha I will believe it when I see it".

Now you would think I was running the full marathon the way this haters reacted. This not only pushed me harder to prove people wrong but also to prove to myself that I could test my body to running a full 10kms.

Well, from watching Run Fat Boy Run, I planned to train till a day before the race i.e Friday 29th October 2010 then spend a day of carb loading on Saturday . Well I did carb load on Saturday with loads of pasta, chips and milkshakes (yes they are full of carbs...eeeeeekkkkk just laced with a lot of fat). As the evening approached, well lets just say thats where our" sleeping early" plan took a backseat. Who plans a marathon on a day before Halloween tsk tsk? People have to party...shucks!!! this are the kind of arguments that we put forward for going to a party that evening.

Fast forward a few hours later, we got home at 5am (tsk tsk). In a fit of giggles we decided not to sleep rather change into our running gear, have breakfast and try to keep awake.At about 6.30am we left the house headed for Nyayo Stadium where the race was commencing.Pinned our race numbers and headed to the 10K start while our friend Mr 21K headed to the 21K start.

Sunrise on Marathon day

Breakfast of Champs, Oats and Banana!

There were so many people running the 10K that we did not start with all of them and instead started at 8am. Even with all the fatigue from the previous night we managed to have a good start and almost did the first 4kms non-stop. As the run started getting harder, Mary was such a blessing because she kept encouraging me to push on plus also giving me something to work for i.e. try and beat some 3 fit looking guys who were running at kinda the same pace as us two.

Do we look like we have had no sleep?

At Haile Selassie Avenue, I think I hit my wall pretty hard, I was achy and my trainers felt really tight. At this point every muscle in my body was blaming me for lack of rest and torture via suffocation by lactic acid. It was awful but I managed to struggle on.

As we got into the last 1km, I think my body bounced back and we managed to run all the way to the finish line. As we approached the finish line, I kept getting goosebumps not sure if it was euphoria or just excitement..all I know is that it was pretty creepy. We got a time of 1hr 15 mins, which is pretty good considering our lack of sleep or rest.

Our friend Mr 21K finished his race an hour later with a time of 2hrs 33mins....with not a lot of training. He did such a great job and got a medal!! A super breakfast was then consumed followed by crashing out at home.

Some thanks are necessary methinks;
My schizo Ipod (Ministry of Sound mixes), couldn't do it without her
Mary, I think she chose the wrong career and she should either join the military or become a personal trainer to the stars. She is one strong lady
All the lovely people who supported me (hahahahaha it sounds like an Oscar speech). I will not mention names but they all know by the furious phone calls I made after I finished the race.

Sweaty, tired but still smiling after the race.

Mary will share her own experience soon

Dee O. said...

This is absolutely amazing!!! I wish I could run a marathon but I seriously don't have the discipline to train lo, but it is so commendable what you guys did. Congrats!!! :)


Nyashy Washy said...

Hey Dee...Thanks a lot ;-)You definitely can do at least a 10K, the trick is too start small and then slowly work your way up.
Love the blog

Anonymous said...

I was really hating myself for doing the 10km in 70 minutes. I am an endomorph and need to loose at least 15kg to reach my goal weight ie you are way skinnier than I am....but I did it in 70 min with some extenuating circumstances...frequent travel during training so I am really really proud of myself right now.
I was feeling a bit down because this was my mothers reaction to my finishing the marathon: "Ya, you need to loose weight." Talk about encouragement!!! And mentally I am like sini the marathon is part of that goal?? Mothers!!
Have just come across your blog and I can't stop reading I am transitioning right now...1 month in last relaxer was probably 6 months ago. I just love that thanks to your blog and others there are lots of fun, fearless chicas who are learning to love themselves. Wonder what my mother will say about my natural hair....right now in hiding in protective styles. Hmm bracing self for serious injury to self esteem!!

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