Summer is sure to come to an end. I met him during "Ternopil Half Marathon", I decided to do it the same way, taking part in the next race. When writing an article about ukrainian half marathons I had the opportunity to get acquainted in detail with each of them. I was faced with a difficult choice - to take participation in the half marathonheld in Netishyn or Odessa. Both half marathons were scheduled for the last day of summer. The Odesa Half Marathon was held for the third time that summer, and the Netishin Half Marathon was organized for the first time. In fact, the Netishin Half Marathon was the first half marathon, which took place in the Khmelnytsky region.
Why I chose “Netishin Half Marathon“? I was sure that most runners would go to Odessa. I also wanted to support the fellow countrymen who organized such an interesting and useful event for the first time. It would also be interesting to look at the city that is famous for its nuclear power plants. About 100 participants of different age categories were registered for the main distance - by the way, the oldest was the 69-year-old marathon runner.
The city of Netishin was reached by bus from Krasilov, Khmelnytsky region. The road took about three hours. What really lifted my mind was how the city met - there was a very beautiful Ukrainian-style panel at the entrance. Immediately upon arrival, I went to the “Netyshin Inovetion Hub”, where I had to pick up my starting number. I decided to stay at the "Goryn Hotel". Why did I choose him? Because the hotel had a very convenient location - it was just near the starting point of the half marathon. So I rested a little after the road at the hotel and went for a walk in the city.
Start "Netishin Half Marathonwas scheduled for 9 a.m. near the city's House of Culture. The race was not the first for me, but I didn't want to sleep long before it started, so I woke up quite early. Having gathered everything he needed and especially not in a hurry, he went to the starting town, where runners were already actively training. After changing clothes and handing over his property to the storage room, he warmed up and waited for the last start in the 2018 summer season.
An introductory speech was given by the organizers, after which the participants of the half marathon went to the starting line. In addition to the main race at a distance of 21 kilometers, there were also organized races for 5 kilometers and 10 kilometers. Despite the fact that it rained at night, in the morning there was no trace of it. It was necessary run in the heat, and only occasionally hide in the shade of trees. The Netishin Half Marathon route turned out to be very interesting - you could fully enjoy the beauty of local landscapes, architecture, temples, and see the Khmelnitsky NPP.
Everything half marathon route was paved, on the way there were small descents and ascents. There were to be two U-turns on the road. To prevent runners from straying, volunteers stood at each turn to indicate in which direction to run. In my opinion, they did well with the organization, except for a few mistakes. But as practice shows, even large-scale European running events are not safe from this. There were many water points along the way, which was really a lot of saving while running, because the heat was just incredible.
The week before the "Netishin Half Marathon", I completed 5 pieces of training, and the track was at a comfortable pace. In the course of those training sessions, I actively tried out the plagiarism. It was not at the “Netishin Half Marathon” that I set any goals, so the main thing was to get new emotions and impressions, as well as to look at a beautiful Ukrainian town.
At first I ran quite well, but in the future I became more and more tired. The growing weakness seemed to dictate to me that I had not trained before. The usual thoughts of how much longer to run and whether or not to quit would fill your head. It was necessary to find a colleague. He didn't have to make any effort at all because he found me and spoke to me. My companion for the half marathon was runner Viktor Gavrilov from Lviv. We ran a few kilometers in conversations, which made the journey a little easier and then ran, then overtaking, then overtaking each other.
He finished in front of me, and just a few minutes after him, I crossed the finish line. But he overcame another half marathon in his life.
After that, we rested in anticipation of the "Netishin Half Marathon" participants' awards and took photos in memory. After finishing all the runners began the awarding. This was unusual, because the finishers are usually given rewards immediately after crossing the finish line. But this time the organizers decided to hold an award on the stage, where all the participants gathered. This is the highlight of small cross-country events - not only the winners but also everyone who participated in the half marathon could become part of the holiday.
The “Netishin Half Marathon” ended and I returned to my hotel to gather and go home. While waiting for the bus at the stop, I met the runner up in the half marathon - Svetlana Makovoz. After a little chat with her, I got on the bus that was to take me to Khmelnytskyi.
It was safe to say that the summer season of 2018 was successfully closed with a very successful half-marathon, which left only pleasant memories and impressions.