About this time last year, I was putting the finishing touches to my preparations for the #AccessBankLagosCityMarathon. I had woken up by 5am as usual and set out on my little road jog to ensure my full body fitness in preparation for the next day, I stay around Pako,Akoka, so what I usually did was try to get to Adekunle (End of Herbert Macaulay way-leading to the Island), Not far right?, Don’t mind me I like easy routes and distances…Did I mention I time myself to achieve it in 10Minutes ?,15 Max, If not, It’s a fail for me, You could try it yeah, cool stuff…
After my morning preparations, I set out to work and practically rushed the day along as I could not wait for the next day, I closed early being a Friday, got home, ate good and slept fine. Was up by 4am the next day as I hurriedly dressed up and called up my partner who we registered together and stayed in the same area, and by 5.30am we were on our way to the start off point in Surulere, National stadium to be precise. We could not make it there as the roads were blocked from Jibowu to Surulere, We had to come down and walk the not so short distance to Surulere in which we both considered that it would be time consuming seeing as the race would have started by then and the runners would be headed in our direction, sighs-the moral fibre effect, lol…We still did though and got to the venue just before the race commenced, we walked a little as the race started with about 20,000 people trying to squeeze themselves and take the lead, lol (If only they knew ‘’No be by who start first dey win this kind race).
We gradually picked up and set out jogging at a steady pace, Our practise ahead of the day gave us good ground as we covered ground and caught up with loads of people, If I remember our first personal rest point was when we got to Obanikoro approaching Anthony where we would turn and head towards Gbagada, We slowed down a little and walked to gather strength as we rounded the bend and continued the race from Anthony. A little bit down the Gbagada path, my partner left me in a cloud of perspiration dust and continued when I took a little break again, Leave am, na power dey hungry am, lol…I walked a little and continued running with other participants, saw this particular girl with the right shape and assets in front, and I was like, ‘’Make I dey follow her for back jeje, she dey motivate me’’, lol…Ran alongside some interesting folks too, some in groups and some as lone rangers, I recall one particular group of runners who had everyone cheering and gingered with routines and songs, was more like a moving jamboree, cool stuff yeah. It was during this solo phase that I met a particular lone ranger, Joseph Adonis…I recall I was almost at Okokomaiko and approaching the third mainland bridge when he just jogged up to me and was like ‘’C’mon Man, Let’s go’’, Omo see Ginger, I said Oya na, lol…No Jokes, we did a good 10-15minutes run before we kinda looked at each other and our brains synchronised and told our bodies to calm down, lol.
We Introduced ourselves and chatted a little while catching our breathe, we agreed to continue in that pace and slow down when our bodies told us to, And that was how we conquered Third Mainland Bridge oooo, was the hardest part in my opinion, we felt first-hand the length of the famous bridge and damn, it took a toll on us I have to admit. When we were on the bridge, we caught up with my first partner Derrick and passed him, lol, just for the fun though, he caught up with us when we slowed down to rest, We became 3…We decided then and there that we would get to the finish point without boarding any of the BRT buses that were available to convey people who quit the race to the end point at Eko Atlantic, If only we realized the mammoth distance ahead of us, smh…
Getting to the end of The Third Mainland Bridge, We stopped for a drink at Adeniji, to cheers and boos from people there who were like Nice one guys, Come who send una?, No go die for road ooo, No worry e no far again, lol, was a welcome pat and stab in the back at the same time in my opinion. We continued and climbed the bridge leading to Dolphin Estate and Osbourne, passed by some members of the jamboree group I encountered earlier all sprawled up on the floor by the side of the road, Me I didn’t kuku laugh, I just shook my head and said to myself ‘’Ginger can only take you a considerable distance, You need other virtues to maintain a good momentum’’, That’s in my opinion though…We move!!!
Jogging down Osbourne En-route Falomo was kind of cool as the roads were somewhat in a downward spiral fashion, so it was easy to gently glide down the path. But getting to Falomo, our assumption was that we would climb the bridge and ascend towards V.I in that direction, Not knowing our Village people had collaborated with the organisers to delay us getting to our destination a little longer. It was at that point we realised we still had to turn the round-about, head towards Bourdillon, then climb Ikoyi Bridge, enter Lekki Phase 1, get to the main entrance then exit and head towards the toll gate, Pass that too and head towards 1004 flats, make a turn after Law School then Journey towards Adeola Odeku, Move a little further then take a right and manoeuvre down the long street that would burst out at the Eko Atlantic…Sorry I had to spew out everything, cause even the thought I had to do that is still paining my legs now as it is, lmao…
It was when we moved a little bit further that Derrick left us and boarded a BRT, His Ankle that he had been complaining of could not take it anymore, Hence it was me and Joseph left…Thinking about it, I still don’t know how he stuck with me and my quest to get to the finish point without any shortcuts and help from anybody, he was the right ginger I needed I gotta say, I can say proudly, My Friend Joseph Adonis is a great man…We pushed on in the direction of our end point, this was about noon, and there were few people left on the road who shared the same thoughts with us of not cutting corners and completing it to the end without any shortcuts, we gingered with a few but still stuck together. About the time we got to 1004 Flats, Derrick called and asked where we were and that we should just board one of the BRT buses, that the venue was getting empty and all the medals had been given out, Wow, we did think about it actually, But a little voice in my head said to me ‘’Are you doing it for their evaluation and recognition or your personal evaluation?, I listened to myself and told him we would meet up, We both felt it was pointless coming that Far and quitting because there won’t be any evidence or award waiting for us at the finish line to show we participated…It’s at this point that I would like to take a minute’s silence for my ‘’MEMORY CARD and HARD-DRIVE’’ that got damaged, cause I had taken enough pictures and videos to provide as evidence whenever I would be writing this about my journey, choi it pained me…But if my WhatsApp contacts remember, I kept them entertained along the way, so its fine.
We walked, jogged, ran, walked some more, jogged, ran some more, rested many times on the remaining kilometres, but we eventually got there, about 2.30pm, Damn, This one pass Gulliver’s Journey, lol…And to think the organisers didn’t put the finish mark at the gate of Eko Atlantic, we still had to walk a considerable distance inside till we got there, I kid you not, It felt like from Berger to Redeem camp, Awon village people oshi, SMH…Last Las we Did it, we got to the Finish point…And that’s the end of my #AccessBankLagosCityMarathon 2018 Story, Yes I am ready for #AccessBankLagosCityMarathon 2019 tomorrow the 2nd day of February 2019, ARE YOU ???.
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- Start your journey with God, pray to him to help you start and finish in his good time, many people started but didn’t finish the race, not saying its cause they didn’t put God first, but it’s what I simply recommend, that all ventures should be started with God…
- Don’t plan to cheat or do anything that might shame you in the end.
- Make research about the cause; try to identify the estimated time frame to achieve it and your proposed input to achieving it at your given strength and pace.
- Decide in your mind if you are going to complete the cause or bow to pressures when things get tough along the way.
- Be Punctual to the venue of the event, don’t make assumptions in your mind that there would be ‘’African Time’’. African time has been known to steal loads of opportunities from people, Don’t be its Victim.
- There are different times to prepare, but it’s never too early to prepare.
- Finishing touches is not needed for some preparations as it might take the extra strength out of you when you need it for the main event.
- Have a strategy on how to push forward, there should be a preconceived plan at your fingertips and mind and make sure you stick to it.
- Move at your own steady pace; don’t go fast because everyone else is going fast or vice versa.
- Make sure you are not distracted by happenings around you, focus on the price ahead or personal victory.
- Make sure you know WHY you are doing what you are doing, Knowing your PURPOSE of Participation is key.
- Set a personal target, Might be unrealistic and not achievable, But it’s better to shoot for the solar system and land in the stars, than landing about 100ft above the ground.
- Be open to meeting new people along the way who would align with your purpose and aspirations, Two heads on a similar cause are obviously better than one.
- Calmly let go of people who don’t share the same aspirations, you don’t cut them off totally, just allow them slide off on the particular activity, they can be valuable in other ones.
- Listen to counsel from everyone, but only make use of the ones that would aid your cause and journey.
- Take time to Rest a little before setting back on your journey, It is not weakness, It’s healthy and allows your brain muscles re-calibrate and get sharper.
- Talking less and acting more saves a lot of energy, make sure you do it.
- Learn to stop and offer assistance to anyone in need when you can, it doesn’t derail your Journey but increases your humanitarian and compassion genes, it’s a good thing.
- Avoid following the crowd, they usually get riled up to a point as much as they can, and fade into the abyss as quickly as they sprung up.
- There would be temptations along the way in your journey, make sure you resist them and focus on your cause and achieve them.
- Avoid shortcuts to your destination, they might appear really enticing and you see it as a reward for your efforts, but in the end it’s a stain on your integrity for the future, seeing as you would not be able to beat your chest in confidence about being upright all the way.
- Be willing to share your resources with people with similar interests and the same journey, You are only as strong as your neighbour, When they fall, you fall, and when they rise, you rise…Like Davido says- We rise by lifting others !
- Find a ginger booster, usually for me its music for me, it would help soothe and regulate your body and mind in rhythmical fashion.
- Take note of your environment and enjoy the sights while on your race, you would get to see some sceneries you might never have the chance to again.
- It’s Ok to quit when your health is threatened, I.e. if you are gassed out or injured, you would live and fight another day.
- Near completion is not completion, don’t blow your trumpets when you’re not there yet, stay strong and persevere till the very end, the personal victory of accomplishing what you set out to do is worth it, Believe me.
- Enjoy the whole process, Even if you did not WIN in their eyes, you’re a VICTOR in yours and that’s all that matters…#CAREVILLE
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