“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro
“Every day is a good day when you run.” Kevin Nelson
Race registration made, flight tickets booked, hotel reservation done – here we come RUNTALYA 2014!
March 2014 – 9th International Antalya Marathon in one of the most beautiful cities of Turkey on the Mediterranean coast. Almost 5,000 runners from 36 different countries. Fresh sea air, beautiful mild weather – all was perfect for running!
Me and my friends arrived Friday night and had a relaxing day on Saturday. We picked our racing documents, did some sightseeing in Antalya and visited the Antalya Aquarium. (ps. did you know that Antalya aquarium is world’s biggest tunnel aquarium?)
Sunday – race day!
Me and Zey signed up for a half-marathon – 21K. This was going to be our third half marathon. Our first half-marathon experience was also in Antalya. (Then I ran another 21K in 2013 in Oxford.)
After a light breakfast, we headed towards the glass pyramid of Antalya – where the “start” is. There were 3 separate categories in Runtalya – 10K, Half-marathon and a full marathon.
What I love the most about these races is the colors! There were hundreds of colorful runners warming up, taking photos, sharing their excitement with their friends and family. Some first time some experienced runners, some professional athletes. Big group of people (especially 10K runners) were running for charity.
9.00am START! Oh wonderful! Feeling great! Enthusiastic local spectators were cheering for us. Me and Zey were enjoying the moment. We started at a good pace (I think 🙂 ). Not too fast, not too slow. It was a bit faster than my average long-run pace but I was feeling good and strong.
“Serious” runners were passing us but no problem – me and Zey were not really in a rush. Around 4K, a guy approached us and asked kindly whether he can run with us. He said that we girls had a very good pace and he feels comfortable running with us. We said “of course, yes” and we started running all together in a steady nice pace.
2:03:00 – and half-marathon was done! Next time my goal is to run 21K under 2 hours. 🙂
Second best part of the marathons – the feeling after completing your run! This satisfaction, the feeling of pleasure and relaxation is just amazing! After the run we awarded ourselves with a nice fulfilling Turkish breakfast. Eggs, olives, cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, honey, jam, börek (baked filled Turkish pastry), Turkish tea and a basket of bread. 🙂 yes! time to attack the food – well deserved Sev!
Looking forward to my next runs in 2014! Bodrum & Bozcaada scheduled!