Running a marathon or half marathon - this dream did not let me go for a long time, but for some reason was put in a very long box. I am in love agreeing to run with my friends in the morning, because I was running to the soul from the school bench. Everyone knows that it is a very useful habit - running helps to keep fit, improves the cardiovascular system, and also calms the nervous system and allows you to get away from the urgent problems - to clear the head.
How did I, for the simple fan of running in the park, participate in the half marathon in Katowice? In fact, this is an accident - a chance came and I didn't miss it. Leaving Ukraine, I moved to live in Poland, where my fate threw me to the town of Katowice. In search of entertainment, I began to learn about events and activities that could be attended. It was then that the “PKO Silesia Marathon” – this was the same chance to fulfill a long-held dream. I did not think about it and postpone it later - such a wonderful opportunity came up when I needed to.
“Silesia Marathonwas launched in 2009 - the first race took place on May 3. The route of the marathon ran through the streets of four cities: Katowice, Myslowice, Siemianowice-Slaskie and Chorzow. The start was through the Slaski Stadion gate in Chorzow, and its finish was in Katowice in front of the Spodek Sports and Concert Complex. Professor E. Buzek was " selected as the honorary starter for the first street marathon in Katowice. The organizer of the race is B. Vitwicki, president of the "Silesia Pro-Active" foundation, and just a fan of running. In 2010, the marathon was restricted to the borders of one city, but in subsequent revisions the marathon was re-run through the streets and parks of four cities that make up the Upper Silesian agglomeration
He started preparing for his first half marathon in 3 months - several times a week he went for a jog to get used to the heavy workload, gradually increasing the distance.
How was your registration?
To participate in the half marathon "Silesia Marathon" had to pay a starting fee of 85 zlotys - about 500 hryvnias. The day before the start of the marathon, participants are given a starter pack - in my I found a nice t-shirt with a half marathon logo, a backpack and my number with a chip.
In the morning, there was no problem, which at the time seemed to me to be very global. The fact that the place where you had to stop was located just off the marathon track. Even the bus routes have changed and it is unclear whether they will be walking on race day. Sunday is a very special day for the Poles when people go to church with their families, so it is not difficult to catch a taxi that day, but almost impossible.
When there was almost no hope, it was a miracle - I was saved by, you will not believe, a small red backpack. Suddenly a car stopped in front of me, where the same Polish participant of the half marathon sat. He recognized me exactly on this backpack and kindly agreed to take me to such a long-awaited dream. We got to the start point in time, wished each other success and went their separate ways.
Then everything was just as it was done at marathons - participants performed a warm-up and got ready for the start. There were so many people - it's so nice to see so many runners sharing one hobby. When I ran, I overtook some participants, because there was still a lot of strength, but for the sake of justice, I was also overtaken. Somewhere within 10 kilometers I kept cheerful and confident, did not fall out of the whirlwind of events, but then the troubles began. Initially, the laces were released - a trifle compared to what happened next.
When I stopped to fix the laces on the sneakers, a sharp pain was felt in my right leg. The feeling was so painful - it seemed that all the scars, all the traumas that had accumulated all my life together made me aware. I was already mentally prepared to drop it and put a stop to my participation in the half marathon - not all at once. But then I remembered the words of my parents, who were immediately against my participation in such a race, and everyone said that something bad would necessarily happen.
Stubbornness and a little rest gave me new strength to keep running. I no longer began to gain speed, and at a comfortable pace, I slowly ran along the route towards the finish line with my red backpack behind my back.
The finish line is located in the stadium “"Slaski Stadion”. What about the half marathon - it was definitely worth it. I can't even remember when he was so pleased and inspired by his successes. There is so much emotion to convey that I felt crossing the finish line. The pain then disappeared, it just wasn't there at all.
I enjoyed the "Silesia Marathon" half marathon, and I can only see a lot of advantages, including:
- crazy support from the spectators on the track, which is very motivating to go to the end and not stop;
- the race route ran not only through the streets of the city, but also through beautiful parks with unsurpassed autumn scenery;
- at the finish I was waiting for delicious treats from the organizers.
My result of the first half marathon - 21 kilometers I managed to overcome in 2 hours 33 minutes. Do not doubt it is not the last race in my life, I further promise only to improve my results.