I have posted some of this before but yesterday was the day! I was doing jog Scotland and aquafit last year but felt it wasn't enough so in earlier this year embarked on c25k and graduated at the end of March. Meantime a so called friend entered me for the Callanish Stones Marathon for my 59th birthday present in January.
So yesterday was the day. Got up early for breakfast, the previous day I had dropped sports drink at intervals on the route, but the organisation was good and there were lots of water stations.
There was an 8 am start for walkers/slow joggers and 10 am for others. (Also a 10k & fun run).
As always I found the first couple of miles the most difficult, but then settled into it. Weather was perfect, overcast, dry and enough breeze to keep midges away - unlike today with a gale & driving rain.
No big crowds but passing people were waving and hooting car horns.
I settled to my own pace with just 2 people behind me and was just about halfway when some of the super fit from the later start passed me.
All the experienced marathon runners were very supportive saying 'well done, keep going ' etc.
Although I did a lot of walking towards the end I made a point of jogging to every mile marker and saved enough to run the all important 0.2 to the finish in the middle of the famous stone circle.
What a high :-)). 6 hrs 34 minutes.
Think I want to rest for a while but plan to do 30 mins on exercise bike later in the week for Dozzers triathlon.
Got my t shirt & posters and have had a picture taken at surgery but will post that another time.