Back in Berlin after the Loch Ness Marathon and I am definitely feeling Sunday‘s race in my legs! This marathon was the most physically demanding race I have ever done. After taking an hour long bus ride to the top of a mountain, you start the race by going down, down, and down again. There were a few hills that were then followed by even steeper downhills which just destroyed my legs by mile ten. Add freezing cold, heavy rain and the fact that my monthly enemy arrived the day before the race, well, I was not feeling 100% at all. I stopped at a medical tent at mile 10 to get my knee wrapped and I was there for what felt like forever as I tried to spell my super long German street name to the man filling out some required paper work 🙈. The next downpour came and my knee was killing me and I considered pulling out of the race but when I looked around me I just thought to myself, you are in such a beautiful place and everyone else is struggling too so even if you have to walk to the end, you will make it. Well, I was not about to walk the race so thankfully my knee eventually felt fine again and around mile 17 or 18 I was able to tackle the hills that seemed to go on and up forever. At mile 23 I was having such bad period cramps but knew I would make it to the end by that point so after a quick bathroom stop I headed back out in the rain to finish the race. After such a grueling day, I shed some tears as I crossed the finish line. It felt amazing 🌟. Definitely no PB, not even close, but I did manage to beat my 2016 Berlin Marathon time 😂. This race showed me that I can push through quite a lot of pain and doubt. Thanks for the memories, Scotland ❤️.
Loch Ness, Scotland