For once in this trip, I had a great nights sleep. Perhaps it was due to finally knowing I had actually made it to Vienna. It was probably also to do with the fact that I’m in a lovely hotel and their choice of bed linen is excellent.
After a delicious breakfast in the hotel, the first job was to get Bikey to the bike shop to be packed up for his trip home. He felt so light without all the bags on the back! I had forgotten what it was to cycle without being weighed down with dry bag after dry bag.
Successfully delivered, I wandered around the city for a bit; to both get my bearings and enjoy the buildings and architecture. It is a truly beautiful city, the buildings are incredible.
This afternoon was the main event really. I walked up to Prater Park, the destination for Kipchoge’s run, and I recognised it all from the footage. A beautiful, tree-lined, flat paved area which is about 3 miles long. I took the run nice and steady, as I wasn’t sure how my injury was going to hold up. And to be honest, it didn’t. But I really wanted to do one full lap including the roundabout lap that he did. By the end of the 5.4 miles, my leg was really hurting, but I had come that far, it wasn’t going to stop me.
Halfway along the route, the only mention of Kipchoge’s effort is spray painted into the road. I thought they would have more of a commendation for him, but apparently not. I took some photos, had a moment to soak it all in, and then continued on the run.
Despite the pain, I loved it. Of course I did. I just kept thinking back to October and that he had run this exact course. To most people, it really means absolutely nothing, but to me, in that moment it meant everything. The culmination of a wonderful journey and an amazing opportunity to raise some money for MS-UK. I have also been inundated with messages from people saying how much I have inspired them to do something they’ve always wanted to do, or lose weight, or change their lifestyle, and that is truly incredible. A real unintended but amazing consequence of sharing this journey with you all.
I really can’t thank you enough for all your support, donations and kind words over these past three weeks. It has been incredible and I’m so glad I could share it all with you. Today really made me think about the message that Kipchoge spreads with his running: No Human is Limited. And I truly believe that.
Tonight I will be having some champagne, and I hope you all can too.