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edinburgh marathon medal 2013OMG! I ran a marathon. If you’d told me last year that I’d ran 26.2 miles on my birthday I would have laughed in your face, but that is exactly what I did today.

I was running as part of my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. It is 10 years since my cousin’s son Adam lost his lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis. It was a little spooky that when I hit play on my iPod at the start of the race the first song to come on was ‘Lose Yourself’ by Eminem. Eminem was one of Ad’s favourites and this song was played at his funeral.

“Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?”

Lose Yourself by Eminem

Perfect lyrics for my first marathon and a good reminder that throughout his short time on this earth Ad’s always took every opportunity he could to make the most of his life.

My first marathon experience wasn’t easy. For a start it was stupidly hot in Edinburgh today (at lot hotter than I expected anyway). I was sweating like a pig and was so thirsty I took water at every water point on the course. This meant I had to stop twice for a pee. Not great when you are determined to push yourself for a quick finish.

Although it was hot, I was still going strong when I crossed the half way point, but by mile 15 I was struggling. Part of me was ready to quit, but today was about finishing my first marathon no matter what. I had another moment a couple of miles later and slowed to a walk, when a man called Ken who was also running for CF tapped me on the shoulder and simply said “remember why you are doing this”. I quickly forgot my discomfort and started running again. The second half of the marathon was quite a bit slower than the first, but I kept going and once I saw the finish line I even managed to break in to a sprint. I am still waiting on my official time, but according to my watch I finished in 4 hours and 3 minutes. Slower than I hoped, but I am still chuffed with that for a first marathon attempt.

edinburgh marathon 2013Please Sponsor Me!

As I said above, I ran the Edinburgh Marathon as part of my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. I have been surprised since I started fundraising for the CF Trust just how many people are unaware of this disease and so I hope my efforts will not just raise money, but also awareness of the UK’s most most common life-threatening inherited disease.

The easiest way to give your sponsorship is to visit my Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/2012-AYearWithoutBeer-CF.

Thanks,

Neil