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Kraków Marathon

04/05/2017

It may come as no surprise to hear of Jo Zakrzewski running a marathon while away on holiday, but it nearly didn't happen. 

Firstly, there had been torrential rain in Poland, and it was only confirmed the night before the race that the floodwater had receded enough for the marathon to go ahead on the certified accurate course. Secondly, Jo somehow managed to get knocked down (again) within the first 5 seconds of the race by runners behind her being desperate to sprint off. Clearly, she has improved her falling/recovery skills since a similar incident in the Seville marathon, as she managed to get up and running within about 10 seconds of going down. 

In contrast to her last marathon, this one was rather chilly and wet.....the temperature registered 3 degrees as the runners started warming up in the rain. This did make the cobbles of the old town rather slippy, especially as there were a few sharp corners to negotiate. 

The marathon consisted of 2 laps, so although Jo found herself running almost all of the race on her own, there was a chance to see her relative position to other runners twice on an out and back section to the 15/35k mark. It may have been the adrenaline surge after her fall, but she ran the first half rather faster than she'd anticipated, starting the second lap (on a downhill cobbled 180 degree hairpin....whose route planning was that exactly?) as 5th lady. 

Although she felt herself slowing in the second lap (the blame for this cannot be solely placed on having heavy shoes from running through huge puddles, some of it was definitely due to not having the fitness to maintain her early pace), other runners seemed to be suffering similarly, as she actually overtook a couple more runners than overtook her (not counting those still on their first lap). Reeling in the third Ethiopian lady with 4 miles to go gave her a second wind, but unfortunately this only lasted for a couple of miles, as she found the last section of the race rather hard going (though her watch told her afterwards that she hadn't hallucinated the fact that the final "cobbled" mile was uphill).

When she finally rounded the last corner, Jo was too tired to notice that the finish gantry had been placed the wrong way round and so actually read "START", but she was delighted to cross the line in 30th place overall (4th lady and 1st European) in a time of 2:45:19 (with a Kenyan leading 2 Ethiopians on the podium). 

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