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12 Marathons in 2012 - The running continues
12 Marathons in 2012 - The running continues

Running down (although it felt more like up) memory lane

paulwadeptby paulwadeptJul 17th 2014
Last week I had the joy of attending a friends wedding in Edinburgh. Of course in the build up to the big day I was looking forward to seeing old friends, popping on a kilt and celebrating the marriage of two fantastic people.
I was also quite excited about running around some of my old haunts. As much as I love running around Gloucestershire, the streets of Edinburgh will always have a special place in my heart.
So after the wedding festivities it was time to lace up and head out. Of course being Edinburgh and the middle of July it was raining, not just a little, but a lot, a torrent of wet stuff.
Running down (although it felt more like up) memory lane
Running down (although it felt more like up) memory lane
The Meadows was my first port of call. Due to the "inclement" weather there were no students practicing circus skills or playing Ultimate Frisbee but it still felt special. Tracing the footpath bordering the park I was reminded of days walking to Uni, grabbing a pot of porridge on the way and days walking ankle deep in snow, playing football with friends from the Palace of Holyroodhouse or simply walking home after a night on the tiles.

Following my lap of the Meadows I head up across South Clark Street and out past my first ever flat. The first place I lived away from home. I lived with 5 other post grad students, most of the physicists. Although it is a pretty building now, I never saw it as it was covered in scaffolding for the entire time I lived there!
Running down (although it felt more like up) memory lane
After that it was time for the main event. I always consider myself to be a competent runner up hills, there is a very simple reason for this - Arthurs Seat. While living in Edinburgh pretty much every single run I went on involved running up sections of the extinct volcano which towers over the city. Taking Queens drive anticlockwise was always my favourite way to navigate this idyllic spot. With a sharp incline to start you instantly receive a fantastic vista of the city as your reward.
Running down (although it felt more like up) memory lane
After winding around and being blessed with views of the coast and Duddingston Loch. The tranquil Dunsapie Loch indicates that the decline back to the city is about to begin. Once the speedy decline has allowed your legs to rest somewhat then it is time for my favourtie view in Edinburgh, St Margarets Loch, a view that will be familiar to anyone who has ever watched the Edinburgh Cross Country.
After the beauty of the loch and the ruins it is time to reintroduce myself to The Radical Road, a steep, rocky path with climbs up to the bast of Sailsbury Craigs. A challenge for any runner, bumpy, steep and seemingly never ending.
Running down (although it felt more like up) memory lane
Running down (although it felt more like up) memory lane
The views at the top are worth the lactic build up. Looking back across the city I was lucky enough to call home for a few years I smile and begin the speedy descent back to sea level. After striding back up Holyrood Road and The Pleasance I return to my home for a few days, The Kenneth Mckenzie Suite and student block a mere 100 yards from the first flat I shared with my wife. It was small, dark and occasionally hobo adjacent but it was ours. Edinburgh will always be ours.

I know that I will go back to Edinburgh a number of times in the future, I'm pretty sure that I will end up going out for a run every time I visit.

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by guest: Christof, Dec 15th 2014 16:04
Your blog was an interesting read. I looked at your Powerof10 profile and I see that you have some fairly nippy half marathons from this autumn (~1:22). Surely a sub-3 must be attainable. Have you ditched the plan?
 
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