Monday, 16 July 2012
Racereport 2012-11: 6ta Maraton de Quito
4:04 am - Why is this alarm set up so early? Damn!
4:14 am - Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Putting in some of those Gel thingies. Not my daily routine.
4:48 am - Taxi guy likes to talk about the German National Team at the Copa Europa. I don’t really like to talk about it.
5:01 am - Arrive at the Iglesia de San Francisco together with the dudes from ESPN run and the race director Jorge. So impressive to see the church at night.
5:05 am - The organization sets up the start area. That’s what I call a low key organization – Love it.
5:12 am - I talk to this local fella with his family. Nice people. Still a bit tired. I need to wake up now!
5:19 am - Figure out that I forgot my chip in the hostel. Amateur! I head over to Jorge.
5:21 am - „Du hast Glück!“ perfect German by race organizer Jorge. The timing dudes found a chip and a new number. I will have to change to numero 3. Am I important now?
5:25 am - I meet Alejandro at the start line. All pumped up. The Quito anthem is rocking the empty streets. Great atmosphere.
5:32 am - Bang! Long downhill.
5:41 am - The women leaders overtake me. I already start to feel shit. Where is he bloody oxygen up here?
5:56 am - „Dale Markus, Dale, dale...“ Jorge’s family is standing at the crossroads. Hard to spot myself?
6:07 am - At the La Carolina park. The looping starts here. It is getting brighter! Get this 4 loops done.
6:09 am - Wow. That street is long. I’m tired. The legs are heavy. Bad thoughts crossing my mind. Hang on.
6:19 am - Cool. The road turns to the right. Love it. Getting even more tired. Loads of little people overtake me. I had better times running.
6:24 am - Oh. The road turns right again.
6:27 am - Water. Nice. Give me loads. Need it.
6:29 am - What? Another right turn.
6:34 am - Shit. Just another long street. Can’t see the end of this thing. Legs getting even heavier. What is going on?
6:37 am – It is so early into the race and I already feel so bad. I pray to all the fallen hero’s and ask for help. Samy Wanjiru, Emil Zatopek, Fritz Walter, Whitney Houston, MC A… I need a miracle!
6:41 am - Wow. That street is really long. And that wind is really strong.
6:45 am - I remember this. I just pass the finish area. Will i reach it? 3 more loops to go.
6:49 am - "Markus! Dale, dale, dale..." Raul’s girlfriend beside the roads looks happier then me.
6:52 am - I stop at the Gatorade stand. I grab 4 cups. I need it. Jaysus. There is not much energy left in me. Did Whitney get my prayers?
6:56 am - "Dale Aleman" This guy was running the 50k last weekend! He remembers me. Standing beside the road cheering. Clever boy.
7:01 am - Wow. The wind is picking up. That stretch doesn’t get shorter, doesn’t it? MC A, help? No?
7:04 am - I don’t like running uphill with these legs. This stretch back the start area is not pleasant.
7:06 am - "Dale, dale, dale, Aleman!" News travel fast. The finish line is getting busy. I pass again and people seem to get the news fast. "Who is this lanky dude looking like a shot deer?"
7:08 am - "Maaaaaaaaarkus!" Alejandros family is giving everything to brighten up my run. They just don’t know how i feel. Why did i sign up for this?
7:11 am - Gatorade again. I walk to refill appropriately.
7:19 am - "Dale Aleman". This 50k guy beside the road has fun. Cheering in the morning sun seems to be the better idea for the day.
7:22 am - Still a lot of wind on that extensive stretch.
7:28 am - "Maaaaaaaaarkus!" What? Alejandros family again. They are faster then me crossing through the park. I need to smile now. I need to. It’s hard.
7:32 am - Nice one legs. You guys start to feel better. Like it. Whitney, MC A?
7:41 am - I completely forgot that I have the ipod in my back-pocket. Usually I don’t do this put I knew this day will be hard. Can do with a bit of extra motivation.
7:42 am - I press play in shuffle mode. Nice! Konflict & MC Kendo Live @ Renegade Hardware 2000. I haven’t listened to that set in ages. Thank you ipod shuffle! It seems that my prayers worked.
7:45 am - That is music. Love the vibe. Still on of my favorite drum and bass sets of all time. The legs like it as well. All good. Moving in the zone.
7:51 am - I’m getting faster.
7:56 am - I’m getting faster.
8:01 am - Cruise speed. I’m starting to feel good. I have the rhythm.
8:08 am - The sun comes out. Looks like a good day.
8:10 am - "Dale, dale, dale, Aleman!" Passing the starting area. People seem to like Germany. I like Ecuador!
8:19 am - Seems that the road is not that long anymore.
8:21 am - "Schneller Markus, schneller" Jorge stands beside the road and test his German skills another time! He is good!
8:29 am - Jaysus. This set is so good. I love Konflict! Thanks Kemal and Rob Data!
8:34 am - That’s weird. Why are the legs so good all of a sudden? Anyway...
8:37 am - I like overtaking.
8:38 am - I like running marathons.
8:39 am - I like Quito.
8:40 am - I like my legs.
8:41 am - I like those long roads.
8:42 am - I like this headwind.
8:43 am - I like my Brooks T7s
8:44 am - I like the crowds.
8:45 am - I like La Carolina Park.
8:47 am - Is this the local fella who I was talking to before the start?
8:50 am - I run a bit faster.
8:51 am - It is the local fella who i was talking to before the start!
8:52 am - "Corre conmigo” i shout at him. He doesn't look good.
8:54 am – Turning to the right. Only one turn left to the finishing stretch.
8:56 am - I pass more runners.
9:01 am - I can see the finish line. The crowds beside the road are shouting.
9:02 am - I turn my head. The local fella who I was talking to before the start actually is hanging on.
9:03 am - The people shout. The local fella who I was talking to before the start comes up on my left.
9:04 am - My calf’s don’t like this sprint.
9:05 am - Playmobil meets Lego. The local fella who I was talking to before the start and I shake hands
9:06 am - The local fella who I was talking to before the start and I have to take a picture for all the press waiting at the finish.
9:07 am - I just hope there is no footage of me sprinting available. Must have looked ugly.
9:08 am - The ESPN dudes ask me some questions.
9:10 am - I walk over to the massage tent and meet Raul and his girlfriend. I’m tired. I just want to sit down.
9:14 am - Pamela in the massage tent is smiling. I can look relaxed as well. This is not my usual Sunday activity!
9:18 am - Don’t touch my calf’s. It hurts. It hurts a lot.
9:31 am - I walk to the bus with the bags. I have to take pictures with lots of people I don’t know. They seem to be happy. I just need food.
9:42 am - I buy a fruit salad.
9:45 am - I buy another fruit salad.
9:48 am - I have to take a picture with some Columbians.
9:53 am - I buy another fruit salad.
9:59 am - I meet my friends from Otavalo. Great people. We take more pictures.
10:06 am - I walk home. What a great day. Running a marathon 2,9 kilometer above the fish is tough.