Running long 2:43:39  26.59 km (6:09 / km)
shoes: Saucony Peregrine 4
The 7 Hills route was on my list of things to do this summer and the bank holiday just after my birthday seemed like perfect timing for others to join. Then I was selected for the World Cup last minute and for some reason decided this was still a good idea....
So up at 4:30am UK time in Latvia, car to Riga, flew to Copenhagen, 3hours waiting (put together a last minute time schedule for each hill to ensure managed to meet people), flew to Edinburgh, bus into town and home for 3:15pm. Everything went to plan and had tried to eat as well as I could while travelling so all good to go.
....and out the door at 4pm, realising this was a little mad as starting from the flat made the route even longer. Started with Charlotte and Rona out to Corstophine (1), Rona knows this bit well so no route faffing and even though it's out on a limb was quite enjoyable.
Then out to Craiglockhart (2) which seemed very far away and the numerous traffic light crossings were annoying. Pushed on a bit on some of the sections as knew I was running late for Braids. First jelly babies taken on and said bye to Rona.
Moved swiftly to Braids (3) with Charlotte where met Zoe, Mhairi, Tess and Laura...all with fresh legs and I realised I still had a long way to go but chat kept me going.
Charlotte left on the way to Blackford (4) and the climb up was tough as was obviously suffering a lot more than others but after more jelly babies knew it was only one long run/big hill to go.
Lots of running for the green men at various traffic lights meant the pace upped again towards Arthurs Seat but I got a big of a second wind which helped. However that soon faded again and I can't say I enjoyed the climb up Arthurs Seat (5) itself but Tess kept me talking about the weekend which helped. Really could have done with water here. Laura left but was met at the top by Jet and Rozy which was funny as I'd spent the morning with both their sisters.
Pace really slowed but Zoe and Jet got a good route towards Calton (6) which meant we didn't lose too much climb. Hurting now but only one more left and more jelly babies helped.
Left Jet here to pick up her cake and Mhairi acted as a battering ram through all the tourists and I found some energy when I saw the green man at the mound and kept the momentum going right up to the Castle (7). Yay!
Rozy and Mhairi left here...again for cake but thankfully Zoe and Tess ran back home with me taking my mind of my hurting legs. Traffic lights were horrible as had to get going again. Andrew provided some support from his bike in the last 500m and made it home quicker than expected! One of the longest runs I've ever done so it's great my health now allows me to! Pasta was the only option for dinner last night so thankfully stomach held up. Such great company all the way which made the whole thing a lot more bearable.
Heather, Sarah, Katie and Mark all joined for cake along with others who'd left the run along the way which was great as we ended up with so much. I was more interested in liquid and don't think I've ever drunk a pint of water so fast and wanted more.
I can safely say I never want to do a marathon but I suppose there wouldn't be as much climb and wouldn't take too much longer time wise. Probably wouldn't advise racing before/travelling all day but it is good fun to do something a bit mad every now and again so I'm glad I did.