In Seoul I was afraid the scenario from Singapore will be repeated. After the cold and ugly weather in Japan I arrived at Seoul somewhere in the middle – not 100% fit but also not sick. My body was fighting for 4 days between health and cold, until it finally decided to take (unfortunately) the second option. In the morning of the race I was not feeling fit at all. Cough, nose… nothing more, but for sure not optimal, when your plan is to run a marathon. However, you are not travelling to Seoul to give up, right.
08 AM in the morning, start time, after I defrosted all my limbs – it was 2 Degrees of Celsius – I started to run with only one target: to finish and not end like I did in Singapore (so somewhere under 4 hours). To my surprise, the tempo was good and without issues, not only first 5, 10, 20 KMs, but also after that. One of the races where you don’t suffer a single crisis minute.
Thanks to the “great” Korean organizers I ended up in the last start corridor E (not sure why I had to provide diplomas with results then, which should help to allocate me to the correct performance group), I overran hundreds, if not 1-2 thousand of runners, sometimes it was annoying…
… I finished in past few times at the Munich Olympic stadium and today I added another one to my collection – the stadium, which remembers the summer Olympic games of 1988. Amazing feeling. Also, due to the reason, that I finally managed to cross the finish line in 3 hours, 20 minutes and 57 seconds (unofficial time from my Garmin watch), what makes it my second-best marathon performance out of the 18 marathons I completed in my life. Today I am proud on my performance, yes, getting airy already.