The Weston-super-Mare to Bristol Marathon
Start – Weston-super-Mare, Wherever the fuck
Finish – Bristol, Avon/Gloucestershire/Somerset/Scrumpy
My goal today was to run to Bristol from Weston-super-Mare and to use as little energy as possible doing it. At 21 miles it was a challenge but definitely achievable and my aim was to give myself as much free time later in the day to recover and relax.
It didn’t go brilliantly.
Google Maps was trying to make me run on a busy dual carriageway without any footpath or verge so I stopped at the local Hungry Horse and had some cake for lunch.
I started running again and couldn’t find the lane that went underneath the bridge. I ended up doing laps of a business park whilst swearing out loud.
Out of desperation I took a complete detour up some of the narrowest roads in Somerset and it was equally infuriating and terrifying. I was having to switch sides on the road because the traffic was that bad.
After my first stop at the Hungry Horse I had 16 miles to go to reach Bristol. After the detour and running 3 extra miles I had 18 to run. This just made me even angrier but I kept moving in the right direction. It’s too easy to lose all hope after getting lost like that.
I stopped at a farm shop to try to break the bad streak. I had some Cola Cubes with a bottle of Cola for dinner.
I took a turn off the main road and started following some hilly lanes to the south of Bristol. It was good just focusing on the run and not drivers.
Just as I was settling in to the run I ran down a steep hill that had at least 3 blind corners on it. The drivers coming up the hill were powering around without even looking so I had to take to the other side of the road and I was screaming like a fucking maniac at those who beeped at me.
Bristol is the largest city I’ve encountered up to this point so busy traffic was inevitable. I wasn’t prepared for the stress nor the volume of traffic.
My 21 mile run turned into a marathon. I didn’t have the best of days but I survived.
This can’t count as a bad day. Even if I am a day late posting this as I fell asleep before I got the chance to publish this.