• Day Three

    I had a much better night's sleep last night, though this morning the reality of having to rise at 4am every day to eat porridge seemed a little bleak.

    I had forgotten that it was Saturday and wondered why it was so quiet on The Royal Mile today. It took a lot longer for things to get going and I was left feeling sad and tearful. Those beginning miles (up to about mile 7) were tough emotionally. Physically my body still feels ok, I have a few niggles but the physio each day (www.e-physiotherapy.co.uk) soon sorts that out. My muscles were a little bit stiff this morning but my legs certainly didn't feel as if they had already done 2 marathons in 2 days. I tried to think about why I was sad; was it because the mile was quiet? was it because of my period? was I feeling overwhelmed? was I missing my boys? (obviously that's a HUGE yes) maybe I was just tired. But the more I thought about it the sadder I became, until I was making a real effort not to turn up crying each time I met Edd (my producer) for food and drink. In the end I resolved to stop wallowing and think about where I was, and even to look up. Actually, look up. I've found that I often look at the ground when I'm running, particularly on The Mile as there are a lot of trip hazards and I'm a bit clumsy; or I look for gaps when it is busy. But I don't often look at the buildings and get a sense of where they are on The Mile. So that's what I did. I read all the different street signs (there is a Bakehouse Lane and a Sugarhouse Lane - wonder what they did there??) I looked at the Canongate Kirk, the City Chambers, the statues and the pubs (there are a lot of pubs). And by taking my focus away from inside my head and out into the world I was able to start appreciating my location and my mood lifted.

    1 Comment

    • 1. Aug 25 2013 7:27PM by Heather

      Oscar Wilde agrees with you about looking up: "We are all in the gutter; but some of us are looking at the stars".

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