NO....Welcome to day 8 in the big Brathay house......and another marathon. Today was a good day for a number of reasons. Day 8 done and dusted, very important, one that I was worried about. Now all we have left is the trifling amount of 52.4 miles over the next few days and we have cracked it. Mind you, having said that it will be easier said than done.
There is an atmosphere of excitement begining to build now as 10 in 10 ers from previous years start to arrive. It's great to meet them as these are the guys that the current crop were inspired by and there are always words of encouragement and advice if needed. Thanks guys. Also, the site is being turned into a Marathon venue for Sunday, ready for the mass race. Hopefully the weather will hold for the fun day.
Of other noteable things for the day, Howard completed his 200th marathon and was given the dubious pleasure of leading the field, also Keith completed his 50th marathon, both great milestones in distance running. I, however managed to complete my 17th marathon, erm, bit of a way to go for me then! Well done to both of them.
A word or two about one of my collegues. If ever you were in any doubt about donating money to this cause here is a quick sentence or two to help you decide. Fozzy, a Scotsman made from iron has had countless bandages and and many hours of physio on his ankles as, well to put it bluntly they are knackered and any sane person would not run on them. Last night after 2.5 hours on the slab and both ankles encased in tape he hobbled to bed with several pieces of toast. He phoned his wife to tell her how much he was looking forward to the run today, whilst my room mates and I just shook our heeds in wonderment. Don't forget he could hardly walk at this stage. Fast forward to today, and he was absolutely bouncing down the road like a running terminator on speed, amazing. The guy beat me, but to be honest he is a far better runner than I am. This is just one guy, and all the others have similair stories going on. Inspiration comes from within this group and it will be sad to them go on Monday
Today running wise was OK, felt better than yesterday, but wanderd through a rough patch going through Bowness for a mile or two before getting my act together. Injury wise, nothing new going on, just the usual in the ankle/shin dept. Body Rehab are keeping it under control and it doesn't appear to be getting any worse.
Weather: Overcast and dull, perfect for running.
Legs: Feeling suprisingly good at the mo, be stiff in the morning though.
General Mindset: Good, the finishing post is approaching, but I do feel tired. Not suprising really.
Physio: Miracle workers, the lot of them.
Thanks again for all the support, both on and away from the course.
Day 9, then the lap of honour!!!