Eddie Iz Running - Saturday 8th to Monday 10th August
10 Aug 2009
Saturday was Eddie’s rest day because of the toe explosion on Friday! The team were in Montgomery and had a chilled out day just wandering about. Eddie got a new iPhone, in black, and some new running tops with the Sport Relief logo on! He ate dinner in the hotel restaurant which was very nice indeed.
On Sunday Eddie decided to try and do the marathon faster, to see if it was better to increase his speed and therefore reduce the time it has been taking him. He made very short check points and ran it in 6 hours which was very fast.
Eddie and the team are still testing out what the best strategy for the day’s structure should be and what works best for his body. The options are to push the running and have more recovery time or to be slow paced. Eddie is just trying to listen to his body and try different methods. It is still an experiment in progress and there are no real templates out there to guide him on how to do this amazing challenge. It is all very new ground for what he is doing and in all the changing terrain and conditions around the UK.
Eddie is still carrying his foot injury but got his toe looked at by Doctor Gary in the evening. He said it looked fine, is not infected or blistered but he has just gone through lots of layers skin. It’s going to take time for the new skin to grow back.
He finished up just north of Welshpool and the support team played him The Who’s ‘I Can See for Miles’ for the last stretch!
Today was Eddie’s 13th marathon! Unlucky for some....
He went through Oswestry, a lovely town. There were lots of people who all got ice creams. The weather held well for him today with the odd shower and a bit overcast making it perfect running weather.
He had a late lunch of bacon, egg and chips at a cafe in Chirk.
Before reaching Chirk, Eddie fell over, he seemed to trip over his own feet! He also thought his toe was going to fall off today as his feet felt really wobbly.... but it turned out to be the Vaseline Jo had put on earlier!
There were 2 flag changes today as the route took him in and out of Wales and England.
He is heading for Wrexham at the moment and is expected to end up south of there.
The team think they’ll be playing Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ for his arrival and need some suggestions of other good running songs...any ideas?
Please sponsor Eddie on the Sport Relief donation page here.
You can see video footage from Eddie's challenge on the BBC website here.