I can't exactly describe this. You are running and crowd full of strangers is cheering on you. You feel excited, enthusiastic and able to achieve impossible things. You are trying to give your best, especially if you know, that someone is waiting for you next to the track or behind the finish line. Family and friends holding signs saying 'C'mon Mummy!', 'You can do it, Piotrek!', 'You'd better do it!' etc. I have one stunning memory image on my mind: bridge over Armii Ludowej Alley, and a single man standing there, holding a banner supporting a person, that is close to him. That was just fantastic and emotional at the same time.
Another extraordinary thing about street running is a chance to see your city from a different perspective. I saw Central Railway Station from the overpass next to it, ran next to the trams, alongshore the Vistula, through the longest underground tunnel in Poland and finally across the Old Town. Opportunities like this don't happen every day simply because pedestrians are not allowed during everyday routine to get access to all kind of crannies and street corners. Even for this simple need of me as a urban explorer this was a great decision to be part of marathon.
The best thing about the run was the clear happiness, that accompanied it. It was visible everywhere! On the faces of participants, fans, supporters, musicians, paramedics and even police officers! It was so evolutionarily contagious!
And yet, besides of all the above-mentioned feats of the event, there is of course the last pleasure: the self contentment that you did it! You have just completed the 21-kilometer race! And maybe you have even beaten your personal best! Then you are rewarded a medal for your effort. And trust me: hardly ever tomato soup tastes so delicious, as the one was served behind the finish line 🙂
Our editor "Iggy" on the run:)
Flickr Photo credits:
1. https://www.flickr.com/photos/familymwr - Main marathon photo
2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/sangudo - Running Girl
Rest of the photos are copyright by Each One Teach One TV.