Standing on the start line of the Eden Project Marathon on Sunday morning in the remnants of what I presumed to be Storm Callum, I did wonder what on earth I was doing and was having frightening flash-backs to the bleakness of the weather Joanna and I experienced at the Dartmoor Marathon in February. Then I thought about the pint and pasty that would be waiting for me at the end – funny what motivates you isn’t it?
This particular marathon is one close to my heart as it’s the first one I ever did, which happened to be the first time the Eden Project Marathon had taken place, and it’s in Cornwall, a place I love dearly. Everyone is super friendly and the event is well organised and this year all runners were treated to a gorgeous herbal foot-soak and free sports massage at the end, which was heaven!
The run starts and finishes within the Eden Project and follows a reasonably hilly multi-terrain course (woodlands, moors, roads, but more roads than I remembered) around the area, along a fairly challenging route through some beautiful countryside landscapes. After a miserable couple of hours in wet and windy conditions the sun thankfully came out and as I splashed through puddles and mud I found myself smiling.
At around 16-miles a marshal told me I was tenth lady, which I was really chuffed about but knew I still had a way to go, so I just kept plodding on. It was only when I began passing other female runners that I wondered whether I could place a bit higher. Still feeling strong at around 22-miles I decided to go for it – I ended up finishing as second lady, being first in my category and 50 out of 247 runners in a time of 3 hours, 57 minutes and 43 seconds.
Needless to say I was thrilled to bits especially having had a bit of a rocky time with running (mentally and physically) and not having done the training I would normally do for a marathon – it’s good to know I’ve still got it in me. I think eating a Whoopsey Splunker the night before might well be the way forward!!!