Like any setting with more that one person the family is one of those spaces where you love each other but have to live with and be aware that although you have some similarities you’re all uniquely different.
We agree and disagree on many things but the MTN Marathon is one activity we love to do together. It ceases to just be about the marathon but it’s the whole process getting to, during and after the marathon.
So this was my experience this month. My sweetheart, commonly called Dad, buys the kits. We are all excited, the kids get to pick numbers and 5am we are up and ready to go. Lots of selfies!!! Most roads are blocked so we end up walking a bit even before entering the arena. We have lots of interesting discussion with the kids on whether we can win, the prize money, whether we can complete, who won the 42km last year and why winners names always start with Kip… Kiprotich, Kipsero etc.
At the start we begin our 10km journey there is lots of adrenaline flowing. It’s beautiful to run through Kampala with the roads closed, the media cheering you on and the roadside boys trying to sell you glucose. As you go through the 4 kilometer, fatigue sets in and family politics begins to play. “Mummy, my legs are paining”. Siblings complaining that their sister is slowing them down and they want to speed ahead.
This year I was in the slower group and ran and walked with my two younger children. The men in the house sped away and joined the faster runners. To motivate my 7 year old we did a small detour and bought some ice cream! Yes we did complete eventually and were not the last but didn’t get the trophy!
So the MTN Marathon is not only about the race. It’s about building your team (whether family or work team) and spending quality time. It’s about realizing and building an ‘I can do it’ attitude. It’s about great conversations as you run through the free streets of Kampala and dance to the music in the arena.
We are already ready to sign up for the 2020 Marathon. Next year we are sure to be better prepared to join the Kips. My kids on the other hand have signed up for the kids run. After they did 10km they are so sure 3km will be like baby steps.