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.