Setting off from the scout hut to the race start line without having completed all my morning rituals, in fact, I’d be super blase about it all and ended up having to run to catch up with the group leaving for the marathon! That was because I wasn’treally在尼泊尔的赛车，我只是跑的那么潇洒马拉松离终点线捕捉全，半和万博开户10K的第一选手上半场。
We then made a quick (unsuccessful) pitstop at basecamp camping ground, before getting back on course and heading into the National Park. Both the full and half marathons went through the Shivpuri National Park, and we later found out that many of the local kids signed up for the 13.1 distance because it would be their first time in the park!
After about 10K of wide paths, the trail became narrower and it felt like we were having to walk a lot more of it. We decided that we would have to just run as much as we could, single file, otherwise we’d be out there forever! Not long after we bumped into Megs, one of the Impact staff and race directors, who ran/walked about a mile of Savage Summit with us. For some reason I had totally forgotten about this incline but it was long and brutal, and actually my biggest incline of the day!
I said goodbye to Mark at the second loop start, roughly 3 hours and 15 minutes after we started, and made my way back to the finish line area a mile away. Unfortunately, because I had a bib on and was running through town, many thought I was the first female marathon finisher!! I tried to correct them with little success.
其实，这是我第一次冲击马拉松终点线后DNFing在马拉维。Despite the fact I hadn’t completed one of the official races I was determined to have that finish line experience.
不过,我的乐趣不是终点辐透ographer role. I cheered in the winners of the marathon who had lapped us at Mile 12.5 and were worryingly close behind me, recognised the winner of the Half Marathon as my sixth form Geography Teacher (this world really is very small!) who was living with his family in Kathmandu.
This is the first time that the female marathon winner of the Nepal Impact Marathon has been a local Nepalese lady! She was amazing, as was the 11 year old that came third in the 10k!
Just when I thought I was safe to finally eat something, Mike came round the corner and into the finish zone. I stuffed the rest of my Clif bar in my mouth and sprinted across the pitch, catching him on the final 400m straight before dashing back to the finish line. Within the same sentence he told me that he wasn’t running again for at least 6 months, whilst also confirming that we were all going to the Jordan Impact in June!
然后我们在接下来的几个小时的赌注ween the sides of the field, catching the Impact Runners coming in for their 400m lap and crossing the finish line. This is actually my favourite thing about the running community, the camaraderie between friends and strangers alike at the finish line. Even though I’d only known most of these runners for 6 days, I still felt hugely invested in their race. This was summed up by the fact that Mike and I wouldn’t go and get food until Mark had finished the marathon, we were so worried about missing him finish!
Cortney had run with a couple of others, and upon finishing announced that it was one of her most enjoyable races ever! Trail running removes so much of the time pressures we can put on ourselves in road races. After she was disappointed with her Chicago Marathon, I’m so thrilled that she had such a fun race and reignited her love of running – time for you to sign up for some more ‘no-pressure’ races Cortney!