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Under starters' orders

The night before the half-marathon. The Watson household is fizzing with anticipation and nervous banter. We’ve all been preparing in our unique ways:

Lucy has been working at Toys R Us and worrying about the run;

Emma has been stencilling THE MOLDOVA PROJECT onto T-shirts for us to wear;

Paul has been mostly eating, and last night consumed a moussaka intended for eight people;

and me, I’ve basically been pushing Kit in his buggy, working on my TV pilot, and occasionally pausing to think ‘fuck me, I’m about to run 13 miles’. I did have a deep tissue massage this morning, though. I enjoyed it, but to be honest, the way life is with a six-month-old, just lying down in a dark room for an hour would be a tweet whether someone rubbed your legs or not.

We should all be in bed now so I’ll sign off. Naturally, tomorrow there will be a full report on what’s being called the biggest sporting event in the Watson family since our floodlit table-tennis tournament on holiday in Italy last year. Brief summary of my worries:

-Getting trapped behind really slow people

-Or trying to go too fast and burning out

-Getting cramp

-Trying not to go the toilet because of prohibitive queues, holding on too long, ‘doing a Paula’

-Failing to finish the bastard thing

…on which note, thank you so much for all your generous sponsorship. Incredibly, we’re now past £1000. Which is lovely. But it will be a lot nicer if we succeed in actually running this race. Goodnight.

UPDATE: I wrote ‘tweet’ instead of ‘treat’. That truly is a sign of the times. I’m leaving it as it is.

30 Responses

  1. Good luck to the assorted Watsons, you’ll be fab. x

  2. Zoe Fell says:

    Good luck Watsons, you’ll be fantastic.


  3. Beth says:

    Good luck Mark and the rest of the Watson family. I’m sure you’ll all be brilliant! x

  4. Natalie-Helen says:

    Good Luck to all of you! I know you will do brilliantly and am so please the sponsership is doing well!


  5. Laurs says:

    Good luck to all the Watsons, you’ll all be ace! xxx

  6. Helen says:

    Good Luck to you all!! x

  7. Shell says:

    Fine preparations indeed. Good luck Watson family!

    Pace each other and enjoy the euphoria when you finish.


  8. Misha says:

    Good luck Watson’s!

    And remember, if you think you’re going to wet yourself, “accidentally” spill a copious amount of water down your front/crotch and no-one will notice.

    Advice like that is why I don’t do marathons, even half ones.

  9. Kathryn says:

    Just keep putting one leg in front of the other, and it’ll be fine. And £1000 is incredible.

  10. Katie says:

    You’ll do a grand job, don’t worry! Good luck to all of you.

  11. Someone says:

    Good luck, you’z over therez! You can do it!
    Don’t hit the wall. Avoid the wall. Walk around the wall.
    And try enjoy it! – Look at me motivationally speaking. :]

  12. helen says:

    please survive. for your own sake mostly, but i’m doing a half-marathon in a few weeks and i suspect you are better at the running than me so it will scare the bejesus out of me…


  13. I hope it all goes well! By the end of it you may never wish to even think the words ‘run a half-marathon’ (in any order) but hopefully you’ll mostly feel a HUGE sense of accomplishment.

    You’ll all get to the finish line, I’m sure of it :)

    *sends huge virtual cheers now seeing as, per usual, she’ll be nowhere near Bristol tomorrow*

  14. Megan says:

    I love that your family is so committed to this together. I couldn’t even convince my brothers to join my team in the Breast Cancer benefit race last year – and our mother died of the disease. And it was only 5K. They did sponsor me generously, at least.

    Best of luck tomorrow. I’m sure you’ll be great! I am facing 16K training in the rain tomorrow and that seems terrible daunting right now.

  15. Alex says:

    Good luck, I’m sure you’ll be marvellous, despite the fact that you are running 13 miles and therefore all clearly insane.

  16. Kate W says:

    Go Watsons! You’re doing a brilliant thing and even if something unexpected happens and you don’t all finish the full 13 miles, the important thing is that you’re doing it. Well done.

  17. Kate B says:

    Good luck to you all, with all that training what could possibly go wrong?! You’ll do great.

  18. lisan66 says:

    Good luck to everyone! x

  19. Ally says:

    Good luck to you all!

  20. Rachel Winter says:

    I liked the ‘tweet’ bit.
    my mum often says she’s ‘tweeted me earlier’, when she means texted.

    good luck for tomorrow – i’m glad that by the sounds of it it’s a group effort? and that you won’t be alone.

    13 miles will sail by you’ll see. just pretend your running to a (rather far away) garage shop for something urgent for Kit.

    good luck again!! x

  21. Catherine says:

    I agree with Misha’s advice as it is funny and practical. Good luck, to all you Watsons. Cheers!

    X cathy

  22. SarahV says:

    Good luck Watsons, doing it as a familly will push you on.

  23. amycool says:

    I thought tweet was a new-fangled word like the word blast in “It will be a blast”, but treat fits much better. :-)

    The worst than can happen is that you have to walk some of it, and that still means you get the £1000 for your sisters’ amazing charity, so the worst is still very good. Well, actually, worse things could technically happen but they’re too unlikely to consider.

    Good luck!

  24. Carl says:

    Try and enjoy it!

  25. Rachael says:

    Good Luck, Hope you still have enough energy to blog afterwards x

  26. Tibbs says:

    Good luck to you and your family! I’m sure you’ll all do great!

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