Here's what happened......
Woke up in my brother's flat, felt a little nervous actually.
Had some toast with strawberry jam, lovingly prepared by my belle-soeur (that's French for Sister-in-Law, because she's French!)
Walked for 30 minutes with brother and belle-soeur to The Meadows which is where the race began and finished
Sorted myself out, warmed up, and then queued 10 minutes for the loo.....there were LOTS of portaloos, and LOTS of queues for them!
Got ready to run in the big line of 9,000 runners....I was quite near the back.
The sun was shining, there was a good atmosphere, and I was really enjoying it.
Got to the Scottish Museum where we had to turn off Princes Street, and start running up the hill towards the Royal Mile. At this stage I was really, really hot (the weather was deceptive - I decided to keep my fleece because of a strong cold wind, and threatening rainclouds); but because of the bright sunshine and blue skies I decided to take off my fleece. I had to do this whilst running/walking up the hill, holding onto my water bottle, taking my ipod out of my pocket and attaching it to my arm....an interesting Krypton Factor-style challenge!
Commenced a lovely downward run towards the Scottish Parliament. On the way there were people cheering/clapping, a DJ playing Kaiser Chief's 'I Predict A Riot' which really spurred me on, a steel band etc.
We then started the long slog/climb up the road which passes the Crags (sitting below Arthur's Seat, for those familiar with Edinburgh geography)....this was a tough section to run because it was uphill, plus there was a VERY strong wind which we were all running INTO!
Reaching the top was relieving and we started a mild descent at the 6km mark.
I then saw Brother & Belle-Soeur at around 7.5km and they took a couple of photos of my back, because they nearly didn't see me, even though I was waving frantically at them!
This was followed by another gradual climb and then a small steep climb, before a gentle descent towards the finish line. Brother & Belle-Soeur caught me again on camera at the 9.5km mark, just before I found the impetus to sprint the last 400 metres. If only I could have that sort of energy all the way through, my finish-time would be mighty impressive!
Funnily enough, no sooner did I finish and pick up my goody bag and drink, the heavens opened and we had to take cover under a tent/gazebo structure. I felt sorry for those still running....
This run did take me longer than my last flat run around Regent's Park - 4 minutes longer in fact. My time was 1 hour and 10 minutes. I came 6101 out of 9000. So I am not your next Paula Radcliffe, that's for sure. But there's already one of her!
A BIG BIG HUMUNGOUS THANK YOU TO all my supporters - both the ones who sponsored me, and the ones who sent me their good wishes and prayers for completing the run successfully. It really does mean a lot to me to receive your support, in all its guises.
I have beaten my fundraising target and I am really happy that this money will be going to a really worthwhile cause that is CLIMB.
Here are some photos so you can get a taste of my experience in a more visual way! All courtesy of my dear Belle-soeur who is a fab photographer, and you can see more of her photographic delights by clicking here.
With my brother...
Waving to Belle-Soeur!
At the 7.5km stage...
Running....with Tigger...bouncy-bouncy-bouncy-bouncy....fun fun fun fun fun?!
Just finished....needed some warmth! Belle-soeur said I resembled a crisp packet.
With nostrils flaring, I started to rehydrate myself...
Me and my medal.