Well, I've been on modules the last two weeks, which consists of 11 hour days, Monday - Thursday with a half day on Friday. Needless to say, my brain is pretty full at the moment, but that is a post for another day...still processing.
I need to post about the marathon at Loch Ness.
Scotland is a lovely, lovely place, first of all, and I was sad we only had a weekend to visit. It is on my list of a place to spend more time at, once I get the chance.
First stop was Edinburgh (pronounced Edin- burrow), which was about a 5 hour drive on Friday night after Sagar got off work. We spent a bit of Saturday late morning/early afternoon in the city, where we found a pub and I had a solid pre-race meal of Haggis. Haggis is essentially a sort-of dry meatloaf that is famous in Scotland. It was pretty tasty. I also had a pre-race pint of a local brew, as you can see in the picture...
|This is Haggis|
|Proof that Sagar does like the GPS/map feature on my phone. :) Though he will say he doesn't....|
|Government building in Edinburgh|
|Sagar checking out some cool monument thing in Edinburgh|
|Me and Amy (me with stupid face...)|
We got to Inverness on Saturday evening, where we met up with an old friend of mine, Andy, who I knew from my days back at Ball State. Andy and I had several math classes together and if it weren't for him, I might not have passed differential equations! He was working in Poland over the summer (You can read about that in his blog) and came to visit me on the way back home, run the 10k at Inverness with Sagar, and to travel around the UK a bit. Anyway, the four of us headed out to explore Inverness, which was quite a large city (I didn't realize it would be!) and find some dinner. We went to bed quite early, because, even though the races didn't start until 10am and 10:45am (marathon and 10k, respectively) we had to be bussed to the start line. My bus left at 7:45 am. After nearly an hour and 45 minutes on the bus, I reached the start line with minutes to spare before the start of the marathon. The weather could not have been better, cool, yet sunny. It was absolutely beautiful. I would say that even though this course ended up being the hardest I've ever run, it was also the most beautiful one.
The marathon went like most others. There was a nasty hill around mile 5 that I probably ran too hard. Then there was a series of hills starting about about mile 19 and lasting until mile 21. There was one point where I negotiated with myself that if I saw one more hill I was walking- but I didn't give up and ran the whole time. (NO STOPS!! NO WALKING!!)
I got to the last mile (was pretty tired at this point) and Amy, Sagar and Andy were all waiting for me. Sagar had decided to run the last mile with me in his green man suit. It was incredibly helpful, considering how tired I was...
|The last mile|
|Me, Sagar and Andy after the race. Sagar and Andy had run the 10k|
|I get a bit silly towards the end...also, my legs stop working properly. Good to see the ambulance there just in case...though I didn't need it.|
|He does the driving. :)|
|Andy, on the pier at Brighton.|
|I'm on a beach!|
|The outside of the Royal Pavilion|
|Inside the art museum in Brighton|
|I liked how this picture turned out of Big Ben|
|In the London Eye.|
|Waiting to go into Buckingham Palace|
I have much more to blog about, but I think I will save that for another post.
Happy Halloween, everyone!