I don’t know why I choose Edinburgh for my second proper attempt at a sub-3 marathon. It was in May and there were several other marathons much closer to home that I could have run. In the end I think it came down to someone suggesting that it was a fast marathon and would give me a great opportunity to dip below the 3 hours.
My training increased from what I had done for Berlin two years before. I was out running up to four times a week but even still it probably was not really enough, not with the inevitable niggles and doses that came with months of training and the end of school terms. That being said when I got on the plane along with my parents who were coming over to support I was feeling pretty confident.
We rented a nice B’n’B not far from the centre of town and there relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful Edinburgh sun that had parked itself over Scotland for the weekend. What could go wrong?
Actually, quite a lot.