Saturday morning. Glorious blue sky and a light breeze.. The photo shows the view from the car park looking from Cramond across to Fife. The tide is very low and you can see the uncovered causeway to Cramond Island. It's forbidden to stay overnight on the island, and every year people who don't look at the tide tables get stuck on it and have to be rescued by the RNLI.
Why was I at Cramond at 09:30 on a Saturday morning? Well, I was doing something I have been putting off for several years - I was in the crowd at the start line for the 402nd Edinburgh ParkRun.
I am not a natural runner. I hated it at school and could make a stab at the 800m but that was about it. The ice-covered puddles on the cross country track which snaked through the wood beside the school finished me off really; Scottish winters are not known for being kind to bare legs.
For the last wee while though, I've been mentally gearing myself up to do a ParkRun and Edinburgh ticks all the boxes for a first event. It's flat, it's on tarmac and they are well used to very slow runners. Yesterday was not too hot, not too windy and I thought it was time to stop procrastinating and just get on with it.
I was aiming to run all the way. By "run" I mean jog, plod, and otherwise move at more than walking pace. This proved to be over ambitious. I managed to run three kilometres, and then resorted to a walk/run cycle using all the benches that line the promenade as markers - run to the next one, walk to the one after that. I wasn't last, but it would not have mattered to me or anyone else it if had been, the ParkRun "tail runners" are quite accustomed to people taking whatever time they need and there is no ParkRun equivalent of the bus at some marathon events that scoops up anyone who isn't going fast enough.
As you can see, I was very red faced and tired and windswept at the end, but I did it!
My time was a gentle 46 minutes and 3 seconds and I was 210th out of 302 runners. Since I've never done one before, this is a Personal Best. You know what that means, don't you? Those three seconds have to go...
In other extremely exciting news, I can tell you that I'm going to be on the radio tomorrow (Monday). The Janice Forsyth Show, the Arts programme on BBC Radio Scotland, have invited me onto the show. This is LIVE radio and it's on between 14:00 and 16:00 in the afternoon. I am more than a little nervous, but it's being presented by Grant Stott, who always seems to be able to put people at their ease so I am going to treat it as part of this grand adventure and do my best.
Wish me luck!