Before the race
This is me the day before doing the Royal Parks Half Marathon. It was taken by Gabriel on my new Nokia N8 phone. No idea what that sign by one of my children is doing there. Outwardly I’m calm. Inwardly I’m anxious about running with 12000 other people. I always train alone. No music, no running partner, no chats. Apart from what’s going through my head in the wonderful meditative state which you reach after 4 miles. Impossible with people cheering and everyone else running to the beat beside you. After 4 miles, though, it will get better. After 9 miles, much better. When you are in double figures, immeasurably fine. Then you finish! I’ll post the pictures tomorrow. I’ll be smiling.