• Day One

    That's it, after a year of preparation, I'm finally getting to start! In one sense, it feels as though it has come round really quickly but I'm also aware how much work I have put into this past year, how may people I have met, how many experiences I have had and how many miles I have run to get to this stage (it's about 1500 miles since last August). Running out on the streets of Halstead every morning has allowed me to witness and experience the changing seasons; I feel connected to the earth and appreciative of my place here.

    My porridge was easier to eat today, I was sweating less! And I also remembered to have my breakfast shake which was delicious! I was feeling very anxious and nervous just before I started and a bit overwhelmed - trying not to think of the whole thing, but to just enjoy today, after all, it is likely to be the easiest marathon I'll do.

    Some of the Escalator East to Edinburgh crew and artists came out to support me at the start, and I was interviewed by Ross O'C Jennings from Waffle TV at the start. Then at 7am everyone said GO and I went. Ross, @Weird (Ed) Fringe and Anthony Roberts from Escalator joined me for the first bit of my run which was brilliant. It was good to chat to Ross and @Weird (Ed) Fringe about the piece, about the inspiration behind it, the questions that I'm asking through it. I may need to ask them to remind me what I said in a few days time!

    I was surprised to find that around about mile 7 was a bit difficult. I normally run 10 miles a day at home and this is never usually a problem, but I think that after the nerves at the start and the thrill of having people run with me I had a bit of a down time. Only natural. I reminded myself to keep putting one foot in front of the other and before I knew it I had run 16 miles, then I was at 23 miles. Then I finished. Which seems a bit absurd.

    I really enjoyed watching The Royal Mile wake up. It went from being relatively quiet to being reasonably busy. I was impressed by how hard the flyerers were working, I loved hearing the bagpipes and the singing lifted my spirits. The Royal Mile is like a rollercoaster in it's geography - it rises, then flattens, then rises, then flattens all the way to the top. The journey along it echoes it's geography; sometimes it's flat with not much going on, but at other times there is a lot going on. I'm wrong in saying that, there is always something going on, it's the scale of what is going on that changes.

    I met some great people today; Warren and Grant the policemen outside The Scottish Parliament (Grant says he is running with me tomorrow), the buskers along the way (thank you for saying I had a good running technique), the bagpipe player, the street cleaners (sadly, I'm not running in the commonwealth games) and a whole host of others who smiled as I ran past, told me they'd come and run with me one day, questioned whether I was actually doing 26 marathons in 26 days and tweeted to say they had seen me.

    My producer, Edd Hobbs was with me from 7am, asking me how hard I thought I was working each mile, along with how I was feeling and how intense that feeling was (information to give to the Sports Science at The Human Performance Unit). He also handed out my snacks and my drinks. When he had a break, Tom, my flyerer came along and did the job for me. Tom even ran with me for a bit when Edd came back. Edd (or Tom) stand outside The John Knox house (or on the side of the road opposite it), so if you want to meet me that would be a good point to go to, as they will know if I'm running up or down the hill at that point (much like The Grand Old Duke of York).

    When I finished I had a very cold bath. Worse than the marathon itself but good for muscle recovery. I also visited Nicholas Evans at e-physiotherapy for an amazing session of physio. I'm seeing him everyday :)

    Now I need to eat dinner and prepare my food and drinks for tomorrow! This is where the journey really begins...

    1 Comment

    • 1. Aug 25 2013 7:37PM by Heather

      You made it to the start. You'll make it to the end. Well done on all you have achieved in this amazing journey.

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