Thursday, May 3, 2012

220 minutes of pain

Alexander The Great Marathon had its 7th edition on April 1st this year. The race starts from Pella, where Alexander The Great was born, and finishes in Thessaloniki, under the statue in the area surrounding The White Tower. The 7th edition was a special one for me, as I decided to take part in it. It was also my first ever attempt to run a marathon.

In order not to die during 42,195km long route, I have started my preparations 15 weeks prior to the race, back in December. With some obstacles and with much suffered pain during endless hours of running, I managed to prepare quite solidly and finally finished the race with time of 3h 40min 22sec. It was truly 220 minutes of pain, a pain I could not imagine before. But it was also an unforgettable experience! All I could think about after the race was how to improve for the next… 

Anyway, I post two photos from final stretch just 500m before finish line, both taken by my girlfriend as I was a bit busy at the moment :-P The first one with Metaferia Tekla Geto, the winner (who btw had suffered for almost 1,5h less than me!! I find it very unfair :-P), and the second one with myself closing to relief...

Photo1: NIKON D70s, AP, f 1/6.3, 1/2000s, -0.3EV, f=60 mm (for 35mm), GIMP software

Photo2: NIKON D70s, AP, f 1/6.3, 1/1000s, -0.3EV, f=105 mm (for 35mm), GIMP software

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