After a fabulous Friday night train picnic by Stephanie and a good sleep in my own bed at home, on Saturday morning I woke up refreshed and raring to go for a day of pre-Ultra Tour of Edinburgh fun.
Mum drove Steph and I to Vogrie Country Park for the 9.30am parkrun, while Sophie cycled and attempted to make it in time for the start (unfortunately she didn’t quite make it). Not even a year old, Vogrie parkrun attracts many runners from Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders and further afield, with almost 200 of us lined up and warned by the run director that the course was very MUDDY! – cue Steph and I having a mild panic in our road shoes, as well as the only pair of shoes we’d packed for the next days race!
Set in the beautiful wooded trails surrounding Vogrie House, we ran a lovely two lap course together winding around a slightly undulating course on paths covered wet leaves and a few muddy puddles. Mum cheered us on and snapped a few good photos on our way round while Steph and I ran in together to both come first in our age categories, not bad for a little pre-ultra parkrun!
After a quick coffee in Vogrie House cafe we drove into the city for brunch at Salt in Morningside. Sticking to my vegan diet I enjoyed avocado on toast with lovely tomatoes and mushrooms on the side and shared a pot of Earl Grey tea with soy milk. The others enjoyed homemade soup, Eggs Benedict, shakshuka and gluten free options so there was plenty of variety for everyone.
After a refuel we headed into Stockbridge for a food shop and yoga. We picked up a few things in Waitrose to cook our pre-race dinner later and then popped along to Yoga’s Got Hot – a brand new studio in Comely Bank – which Sweaty Betty had taken over for the afternoon and invited us to try out. Sophie, Steph and I enjoyed a flowing Hatha sequence before cooling down with a restorative practice – the perfect preparation for the next day.
Feeling refreshed post-yoga, we had a potter around the shops in Stockbridge to kill some time before we headed to Murrayfield Stadium for race registration, which was only open between 6.30 and 10.30pm. Luckily – although we arrived a little early – we picked up our numbers, T-shirts and event details quickly before heading home to cook miso aubergine, stir fry veg and rice, watch Strictly Come Dancing and get an early night.
Can you see how excited we were to collect our race numbers for Rat Race’s Ultra Tour of Edinburgh the next day?! I think the wiggling says it all! Check back here again soon to see how the race went!