Good tidings, friends! I hope this post finds everyone well. Today I finished the Meadows Half Marathon here in Edinburgh and, thus, successfully completed the second race of my LauranDoes179 challenge to race 179 miles over 15 events to raise money for the Blazeman Foundation for ALS research.
This was a tough race for me. I was recovering from a pretty bad chest infection and still had some congestion to deal with. The race was also run as 7 laps around the Meadows, a big park here in Edinburgh city centre which made the route pretty repetitive and monotonous. There was a decent hill and a long section of cobbles which had to be navigated on each lap and one had to deal with the psychological effect of getting lapped by the really fast guys – something I had never had to deal with before. I’m not gonna lie….each time one of those super fast Runny McRunnersons passed me I gave them a good dose of dagger eyes.
But I’m going to stop complaining now. There were good bits of the race, too. The Scouts and Girl Guides who were running the hydration station and the finish line medal and coconut water awarding were awesome. So lovely and enthusiastic. As were the race marshals who recognised the potential for monotony on the route and tried their best to keep spirits up. The weather held pretty well with minimal rain and even a bit of sun! Well done, Scotland!
In terms of my own performance, I didn’t set any land speed records today and was a full five minutes off my half marathon PB. I had two good laps but had too much congestion (there was a lot of snot happening today) and was feeling the lack of training my chest infection foisted upon me. But that’s alright. You win some, you lose some (okay, I’ve never won one but let’s go with it). The most important thing is that I finished the race safely and am one step closer to completing my challenge to raise money for the Blazeman Foundation.
Anyways, that’s all from me for now. Thanks for reading! Here’s a link to my fundraising page…donations gratefully accepted!
16.2 miles down, 162.8 miles to go! Next race is something strange called the Kilomathon here in Edinburgh on the 29th of March.
Thanks for stopping by, y’all.