It’s not every day you get to race in the fastest marathon of all time, stay in the same hotel as the world record holder and be somewhat part of one of the greatest moments of sporting history. However, as I fell ill just a few days before the Berlin Marathon my disappointment of dropping out after halfway is immense.Firstly, I would like to thank my sponsors, the hundreds of supporters that have followed my dream and for the heaps of encouraging messages I’ve received. And special thanks to my parents supporting me here in Berlin and Jamaica supporting me every day.
After 5 months of training and preparation, I was looking forward to take a big leap in my marathon career. Unfortunately, I fell sick last Monday (possibly the worst timing) but remained hopeful that the cold would clear up with 3 days spent in bed! It turned out to be a flu and virus that would take longer than a week.
I felt 95% ready Saturday night and decided to stick to my initial race plan of running even 3:18 min/km splits to break 2:20 with the first women group from USA and Japan and a bunch of their personal pace makers. A pace I’ve practiced in training many times and should feel relative easy running in a pack.
We passed 5km in 16:30 right on target but I started coughing, sneezing and had trouble breathing.
After 10km in 33:07, my legs already tired from the lack of oxygen, I fell back to the 2nd women’s group and eventual winner Tirfi Tsegaye of Ethiopia.
My condition got worse and I further had to drop my pace. I went through halfway in 1:10:43, 1 min behind schedule and withdrew from the race completely exhausted, lying on the ground coughing. I jogged for about 4km to the finish line to watch marathon history unfolding live in front of my eyes.
While I am hugely disappointed, withdrawing from the race was the only option I had really as with continuing I could have got myself into serious health issues. However, I’m still proud that I gave it a shot and remain hopeful to come back next year to have a go at another fast marathon time.
I will return to Australia this week to recover and start rebuilding as soon as I get some motivation back.
Thanks everyone for your support and understanding.
Dennis Kimetto from Kenya made history by breaking 2:03 as the first men ever. With his time of 2:02:57, he average 2’54″8 per kilometre and shaved off 26sec of the previous WR by Kipsang. Dennis didn’t even look much tired this morning.
Thanks to all my supporters as well as my sponsors:
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