Race number? Check. Safety pins? Check. Shirt, shorts, shoes? Check. Gels, jelly babies, jelly-legged jalopy? Check.
Oh it’s all coming together like a Flaming Pie’d Beatle with a yen for Japan. Or a Byrne’d out talking head on a road to nowhere. Or a zimmer man with any number of roads he’s impelled to walk down. Talking of which, I’m on the low road and she’s on the high road, and many will be in Scotland before wee me. I start in London, she starts with a Regent, but we both end at Muscle Beach…or something like that.
I’m talking Edinburgh Marathon Blues. Numbers, pins and energy tablets arrived today, so barring limb loss we will be on our way in ten days to the Scottish capital to run 26.2 miles for no other cause than the mere fact we can. Which is enough. I think.
The long runs are behind us, the long run before us. We’re tapering hard (if that’s possible, because frankly tapering is easy, running less has never been a problem for me). Targets have been set, plans and splits discussed, fuel strategies practised. I’m as prepared as a boy scout with a Prince 2 badge. So like a moustachioed Mael and his kid brother all I have to do is beat the clock (you gotta beat the clock, you gotta beat the clock).
What can possibly go wrong?