Greetings! Just a brief update to let everyone know the first race of my LauranDoes179 challenge to raise money for the Blazeman Foundation for ALS, the Great Winter Run in Edinburgh, was successfully completed this morning! One race down, 14 races to go!
Today’s inaugural challenge race was just a 5km and I wasn’t terribly concerned about it…I thought it would be a good, quick way to kick off the fundraising and blow the cobwebs out. That is, I wasn’t too concerned about it until I woke up this morning and discovered Edinburgh was in the middle of some kind of winter apocalypse complete with freezing temperatures, gale force winds, and that stuff the weather folk on the TV call ‘wintry mix.’ Yayyyyy…. But Mike and I dutifully headed down to Holyrood Park and shivered in the chute until the race got under way. There was a monster, 1.5km long hill in the first part of the race and my legs must have decided to take a little break once I reached the top because right before the elevation eased off I toppled over into the grass on the side of the track. Hooray! Don’t mind me, guys, just having a little disco nap here…carry on. Back on my feet and more than a little muddy / embarrassed, I trotted on and had a good kilometre of decent pace before a lovely down hill bit started and I really put the pedal down for a while. This bit was extra lovely because it was snowing big fat Disney cartoon snow flakes which was fun. The final kilometre was mostly downhill with a bump right before the finish line. All was good except the weather had changed again and it absolutely pelted, I mean pelted, it down with hail. I don’t know if you guys have had the distinct pleasure of trying to kick it up at the end of a race into the blinding delight of nasty little ice bullets. It’s totally fun…you guys gotta try it. But the finish came soon enough and all was well. In fact, my face was so full of hail and wintry mix by that stage I didn’t even know I had crossed the finish line until someone shoved a goody bag toward me! But all the plodding through various forms of precipitation was worth it because I’m now 3.1 miles closer to completing my goal of running 179 miles to help my friend, Andrea, raise money for the Blazeman Foundation to beat ALS! Woohoo! Get donating, guys! Mileage total: 3.1 miles raced / 175.9 miles to go! Next race is the Meadows Half Marathon on 8th March. Just a reminder to donate to the Blazeman Foundation using my fundraising page here: http://www.active.com/donate/teamblazeman/laurandoes179 Thanks everyone! Lauran