Musings about wanderings

Month: May 2014

Edinburgh Marathon

 

EMF Marathon Medal

EMF Marathon Medal

Sunday was a different sort of adventure as I ran the Edinburgh Marathon completing it in a time of 4 hours 48 minutes.

I’ve been running for the past 5 or 6 years and doing a marathon is the probably the ultimate goal of a runner that is achievable by mere mortals. So I guess that I’ve been working towards this for all that time.

The route started at Regent’s Road and followed the coast out through Musselburgh, Port Seaton and so on, turning back just before Aberlady and finishing in Musselburgh.

Initially the weather forecast wasn’t looking good and it was raining on the morning heading towards the start line. However the sun did come out and on the route it was fairly warm (this wasn’t as good as it sounds as I don’t like exercising in the heat).

There was a little bit of walking towards the end but by and large I managed to run the whole way and got to the end not requiring any medical attention.

Training for the marathon was a 16 week process but didn’t go according to plan with a couple of injuries and illnesses.

This has been the most amazingly positive experience. I came up with a plan, worked towards it (adjusting as necessary) and stepped up to the start line. In years to come, I’ll be able to look back on this day and think that if I can do that, I can do almost anything.

Waking from hibernation

Due to various factors, it has been a bit of a late start to the season. I’ve been training for the Edinburgh Marathon and that has taken up a lot of time.

But now that is nearly over so time to get ready for the new season. Back in February was the MOT. There was the usual round of thing that needed doing including some welding done on the sills.

Then the habitation check. Van passed that no problem with the exception of the water heater which does not work on gas. Pity.

But the dishes are washed and soon the van will be clean and ready to hit the road in search of adventure.

In my never-ending quest for a more comfortable sleeping bag, I came across the Duvalay. Looks perfect and I will report back after use.

First trip away is to Melrose. Been there before with an Abbey that looks good and some interesting walking.

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