Day 9 …..4:53 ….The best my body could give!
Day nine made me realise that my times are starting to slip because the injuries are taking their toll and my body has little left in reserve. I am literally “worn out” this has been so tough and as we sit on the eve of day 10, the last marathon, I cannot say I am sorry.
"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
The mood in camp is good tonight in anticipation of the big day tomorrow, I am sore all over but looking forward to the 10th run and I simply don’t care what time I get, it will be the best my body can still produce whatever it is.
Brathay is an extreme challenge, that only the stupid attempt, but it is also a journey of personal discovery, when you are going to spend 45 hours on your own you have a lot of time to deal with things you never had time to think about before.
It is also a journey to discover the true “Brathay Trust” and what they do, I am sure this is only the start of my involvement with the charity.
Most of all it renews your faith in mankind, the people here could not have been more kind or thoughtful, and I mean EVERYBODY!
“With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.”
“Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
From the point of acceptance onto the challenge to the 10th marathon, everybody has been so kind. Ally …….. What a woman! She can’t do enough for you, equally Mac is such a nice guy and so obliging, they make the whole thing so special.
The Body rehab guys are beyond description, they have patched me up so many times I cannot tell you, they are professional, knowledgeable and they really care, the challenge is impossible without them.
And then there is everybody else here, all the staff, the volunteers and not to forget Rita, Ally’s Mum, a very special lady.
But as I sit here know knowing that we will all be ending our journey tomorrow I have to say that I have met 17 of the most fantastic runners here, to my knowledge we have spent 11 days at very close quarters with not a crossed word, and a mutual support for each other that has been quite amazing.
There are some special people here who I will remain in touch with. Those who have followed the blogs will know that Jeff & I have had some banter, God how we have laughed together, and talked, and supported each other, he really is a great guy and I have enjoyed “bunking” with him!!!!!
After all the trials tribulations we are on the edge of something great here.
For 10 days I have not seen any TV, I have not listened to my beloved radio 4, in fact I have not left Brathay. I will enjoy tomorrow but want to go home to my bed, my house, my fantastic wife & my family.
DAY 10 here we come !
Over the last 10 days I have been quoting from the Desiderata….. 3 people have asked me what it is, here is the full text for those who wanted it….
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.