• Day Four

    BOOM. I've now run four marathons in four days (as my son pointed out to me, that's just over a hundred miles in about 23 hours). And I'm feeling good! My legs don't even feel as if they have run one marathon, let alone four. Emotionally I feel a lot more positive today; thinking about the things Steve was talking about as we finished the marathon yesterday, watching a beautiful performance by Dot Howard in The Hunt and Darton Cafe last night (it finished at 7pm so I didn't have a late night!), and sleeping well allowed me to feel a lot more positive today. And as I neared the start point two people joined me for the start of the run. Anne arrived first, followed shortly after by Alan. After saying hello and having a quick chat, we had our official "GO" from Ian at The Palace and off we trotted. I really enjoyed running with Anne and Alan, talking about running - they have both run the Speed of Light in Edinburgh (http://nvaspeedoflight.org.uk/), a mass choreographed endurance run on Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. Anne is training for the Loch Ness Marathon (as was Steve yesterday and Jane on Friday!). Anne stayed with me for about 11 or so miles and Alan left just after the half way point. I was so pleased to run with them, sharing the experience of The Mile, swapping stories and enjoying the rhythm of the run. It was a very pleasant way to spend the morning. After they left it took a little while to get back into a rhythm on my own, but once The Mile started to wake up and I saw the usual flyerers, buskers, security people, bagpipe players and shop owners I felt more comfortable and settled into the beat of The Mile. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this marathon, it has been my favourite so far. I'm still just taking it a day at a time but I can see the glimpse of a rhythm that I hope will sustain me through the tough moments.

    Having a good day also allows me to think about all the people that have helped with this performance. Without Anthony Roberts, from Colchester Arts Centre and Escalator East to Edinburgh listening to me and supporting me right from the first time I suggested the idea to him, I wouldn't be here now (that might turn to blame when I'm feeling bad Anthony!!)

    Jez Allen, my fitness coach, also took the time to listen and advise me right at the start. He helped to put the piece into perspective and started me off on a training regime that has seen me continue to develop and improve.

    And I certainly wouldn't have got to the start day (and the next day, and the next day and so on...) without the countless advice, tests and patience from the team at The Human Performance Unit. I think that I am very lucky to have Chris Mcmanus, Kimberley Murray, Dave Parry, Murray Griffin and Kelly Murray on my side. It's really important to me that this performance, which links sport and art has the grounding of sports science.

    I have also been very lucky to have received extra funding/support from various local companies: Runners World in Colchester; The Queens Head Inn in Nassington; Scape Student Living; Interior Motive; Jageto Embroidery (see my home page for links). I have been so impressed with their kindness and generosity.

    I've been going to Halstead Boxing Club for cross training and they have welcomed me, challenged me and massively improved my fitness and my mental stamina. Likewise, the men at Braintree Rugby Club allowed me to train with them, much to my delight!

    Edd Hobbs, my producer has proved to be invaluable. He asks the right questions, he believes in the project, he works hard, he is a great cook and has been a massive support to me, both artistically and domestically.

    I have been so overwhelmed by the support I've had from friends, family and people I didn't even know before starting this, whether they are at home, abroad or here in Edinburgh. It means so much and I have to say, I think you are all pretty amazing too!

    But if you'll excuse me now, I have a blister to go and pop ;)

    1 Comment

    • 1. Aug 25 2013 7:22PM by Heather

      Thanks for sharing your boxing know-how with me Vicki. I love the idea that bigger than you people can't hit you. You have lots of advantage being your perfect build!

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