There is less than a week to go before the big day and fear levels are at an all time high.
'Race and enjoy it!' is the slogan on the Barcelona marathon website. I refuse to believe that that was written by a participant but more of a smug onlooker, safe in the knowledge that they will not be putting their body through the 26.2 mile hell.
The race will begin at Avinguda María Cristina at the disgustingly early time of 8.30am. As I stand on the start line I will most probably be wondering if this is all a nightmare or some horrible, horrible mix up. However, once into the race and with the streets beginning to fill with the freshly awoken crowd, pre-run nerves should turn into adrenaline filled bursts of energy that will help to make it an enjoyable occasion.
Apparently 10.40am will be the approximate finish time for the first athletes...I can safely say that there is little danger of me being amongst them. Training I have done, a sort of carb diet has been adopted and I have been alcohol free for the past few weeks, however it would be grossly inaccurate to say that my body was a temple capable of completing the marathon in four hours, let alone two.
If you find yourself giving support on March 6th then please spare an extra loud cheer for the two lads in very flattering luminous yellow t-shirts. My friend Paddy and I will be wearing the Marie Curie Cancer Care merchandise with pride, as it is the charity for whom we are raising sponsorship for. The donations total is getting ever closer to the £1500 mark and we have been absolutely thrilled with the incredible response to date.
We are hugely grateful to everyone who has so kindly supported us. Your generosity will make a massive difference to peoples lives and when that is all taken into account it makes a 26.2 mile jog seem like a walk in the park. There is still time to donate so if you feel a sudden wave of generosity please click here to visit our donation site.
Thank you so much. It's going to be emotional.