We are finally underway. On Saturday I travelled to Inverness with two of my colleagues ahead of the half marathon on Sunday. I am very happy to say that I made it to the end and managed to receive a medal to prove it! The journey up was nice and easy with no problems. There is still definitely a number of people who take crazy risks on the A9 though despite the average speed cameras being in operation. There was some unbelievable overtaking manoeuvres which I really couldn’t believe I was seeing. But apart from some numpties on the road it was an uneventful journey up. Massive thanks must go to Davie and Richard – two of my colleagues who ran the event with me and were a great support! Cheers guys!
Before the event began we had to register at the Inverness sports centre. Registration couldn’t have been any easier and all credit must go to the organisers because everything really did run extremely smoothly. We had a while to wait between registering and the event beginning at 12.30 but that was certainly no ones fault. I know for a fact that I set off far too quick and I really paid for that towards the end. But it’s easy done at the start I think. Everyone is desperate to get going and in all honesty, the vast amount of people taking part were club runners who were out to set the absolute best times possible. For me, my time wasn’t the biggest deal in the world. I don’t think it will be for many, if not all of the events that I take part in. I am doing them to try and raise money for a fantastic charity and I want to enjoy myself as I do them. Given how many events I have on the calendar currently and the likelihood that I will add more to them I think it is important that I do my best to enjoy them. One thing I know for sure however, the Stirling Marathon is going to be a big test – as much mentally as it will be physically.
There was a great atmosphere around Inverness during the event and I think in some ways it helped me round the course. There is always times where you have to dig deep and the fact there were so many out cheering the runners on was great to see. My training runs are going to have to now get into some serious distances in the build up to the Stirling marathon. Hopefully there is an event before then which I would be able to take part in. If there is, I really want to get involved with it.
Following on from Inverness I was back in to work on Tuesday. My body was without a doubt sore and a little stiff but it recovered fairly quickly. Work was fairly standard this week with no real dramas. We are now into the last month at work of our current shift system and it means that in around 4 weeks time a good portion of my shift will be moving on to a variety of different watches. It will be a strange time for so many people to be moving about but I guess we have to embrace the change. If you don’t you just get left behind.
On Saturday I am back through in Edinburgh for the final Scotland match of the RBS 6 nations and hopefully Scotland can make it 3 home wins from 3! If I am being honest I would be pretty disappointed if they lost to Italy. Italy are in the grand scheme of things a good international team, but Scotland really are the better side just now and should win the game in my opinion.
Everything seems to be happening at a million miles per hour just now and the days and weeks seem to be absolutely flying by. Things are catching up with me super quick and I am having to really manage the time that I have to get everything done. Its not impossible however and if I am smart about the way I manage things I am able to get everything done.
I had a meeting with Sarah, the local fundraising manager for Cancer Research UK and we spoke about the things I have been up to, the events I have committed to and how we are going to keep moving forward. The meeting was really positive and Sarah is mega helpful with ideas and advice. It helps having someone who is permanently involved in raising money who has he experience and understanding to make the most of events and opportunities to raise some cash. Every charity needs a Sarah! One thing that Sarah told me which I was unaware of previously is that Cancer Research UK only fund the very best research to ensure that every penny is being spent on research that will make a difference to the lives of people who suffer from cancer.
“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties” – Erich Seligmann Fromm
On reflection one of the most positive events that I have taken part in in the past few weeks was speaking to the senior pupils at Brechin High School. The reaction from the talk has been very positive and reaching out to other schools is something I would like to focus on in the coming weeks. I feel that Angus is a good place to begin and should the reaction be positive there then I will look further afield to Dundee and Perth and Kinross. The more we speak and engage with people then the better chance we have of raising more money for this fantastic charity. Plus I generally really like speaking to groups of people and I always maintain that you should do the things that you enjoy.
I will be sure to keep you up to date as we head towards the Stirling Marathon. I think I am getting better with social media but I know that there is still room for improvement so I am going to keep trying to get better at it.
Thank you as always for all of the support especially in response to the Inverness Half Marathon. We are finally truly underway and I am immensely happy about that.