My training hasn’t exactly been consistent. My last run before tonight was two weeks ago, when my sister came to visit. Then two weeks before that, when I ran 18 miles. I think it’s fair to say I’m not going to win.
Still, I’ve run further and more often than I’ve ever run before though. I ran for a bus yesterday, in heels, wearing a big coat and carrying several bags, and I didn’t even get out of breath. That’s certainly an improvement. Tonight I didn’t take my watch. I didn’t have a set number of miles, or a time to aim for. I just wanted to remind myself that I love running, because I think there will come a point on Sunday afternoon when I might forget that.
I ran through these fields, which I’ve not done for a long time. This always used to be my route when I moved here, back when I ran a little bit and not very regularly. It’s what passes for flat around here. It’s certainly pretty.
These past few months I’ve been running further afield. Still starting from home, but heading out in a different direction. This little amble, which is only a couple of miles, has been neglected. It was the right thing to do. I remembered all the other times I’ve run here. We sometimes walk here in the evening, and I’ve known it in many weathers, with many sunsets. It feels like home.
So, two more sleeps to the marathon. Needless to say, my bag isn’t packed, and I don’t even know where half of my running kit is. I’m off to the Women’s Institute in the morning to stock up on flapjack – none of your new-fangled sports gels for me.
I didn’t start out to do this for money (see here for the actual, quite stupid, reason). However, I did set up a just giving page, just in case, and to my complete surprise, I’ve raised £225 for the British Thyroid Foundation. I’m ever so grateful to everyone who’s sponsored me, and who’s cheered me on and been supportive and encouraging.
I *will* get to the end on Sunday. Fingers crossed I get there (a) before it goes dark, (b) without the aid of an ambulance, and, most importantly, (c) before my sister..