Marathon number four is DONE.
As usual I'll save the marathon til the end to make sure you don't slink off early. On Monday I found out I got a 2:1+ in my dissertation presentation. I have probably stretched myself too thinly since Christmas so all things considered I am happy. I'm going to try to cut back my commitments between now & May to make sure I get a 1st overall - Don't worry though, I'll still be writing this blog because we both know it's the highlight of your week (for your sake I really hope that is not true). But seriously though, you would be lost without me.
This whole experience of talking about my eating disorder in public has obviously been a huge deal, way more than I probably appreciated at the time. However, it has allowed me to meet some fascinating, inspirational people through social media and at running events over the past thirteen weeks. None more so than this little lady!
Yes, I am now a taken man - I can literally hear thousands of hearts breaking all over the country/world. She is a remarkable human being and I am a lucky boy, that is for sure. I was down in London on Wednesday & Thursday. I also got my ugly black stitches taken out after gum surgery last week, and let's be honest - I look like a million dollars. There was also a trip to 26 Grains for porridge porn.
I finally finally got to run in Richmond Park! It's been a long time coming. It was absolutely beautiful and I can see why so many runners and cyclists flock their to train - I certainly would. We did however get absolutely soaked on our 10 miler trying to find King Henry's Mound, but when we eventually did it was one of the coolest things I've seen. The ninth marathon of my challenge is actually the Richmond Park Marathon on May 22nd so I now literally cannot wait for that one!
Right on to the marathon! That's why you're reading this I guess? Marathon number four of the year was the Cambridge Boundary Run at Cambridge University so a step-up in field/event. It meant another road trip and an early start - we got 15 minutes up the A14 when I realised I'd left my Garmin watch at home! Yep I had a stinker, so we had to turn round and go back. My bad.
The course was only 30% trail, so I opted for Nike Pegasus road shoes. However the trail was basically a swamp. I managed to fall over four times, twice in the space of 100 yards! I ended up walking for a bit because it was probably just as quick. Literally ankle deep. I was actually laughing at one point it was so slippery - I made Bambi look like Torvill & Dean.
I got to halfway in 1:22 and apparently was a mile ahead, so I decided to back off and cruise home - yes I actually slowed down like I said I would. You lot must be very proud of me, I'm a changed man. At mile 26 and entered the car park, only to realise there were no signs. Err where is the finish please? A random lady told me it was straight on - it was definitely not straight on. I eventually found the finish (it was right) and stopped the clock in 2:51:45 to finish in 1st place, covered in more mud than an SAS Commando.
At the finish line were my Mum, her partner David, my Dad, my Step Mum Ruth so it was special, particularly being Mother's Day. I demolished fish & chips, with extra chips, finished off both my parents meals and then had an apple crumble. Oh my god I was so rungry.
It means I have now won all four marathons so far, which is crazy! I never thought that would be the case and my lucky sweatshirt continues to deliver the goods. Next week I'm down in Kingston for the Thames Meander Marathon next Saturday 12th March at 10am. I'll have to decide how fast to run depending on how I recover this week, but I'd like to have a crack at it. If anyone is in the area you should pop along. Or alternatively, if you think I'm a knob (likely) you can come and hurl abuse - up to you.
As it is Mother's Day I would just like to finish by giving a shout out to my mum Becky. She's a little trooper. She may be hopeless with a mobile phone or technology in general, and she says "pacific" instead of "specific" - but without her my brother and I would never have grown into the men we are today. If I ever become half the person she is, I can be very proud.
I am running ten marathons to raise money for Beat, the UK's leading eating disorder charity. You can follow me on Twitter here, on Instagram here, or on Facebook here. You can also sponsor me via my Justgiving page here. Thank you!