Today I felt achy and sore after yesterday’s efforts and running down the steep mountain road towards Lake Luzern in the chilly air at 7 in the morning was tough. The road switched back again and again as we went from 2100 m to 500m. I found my stride after 13 miles and settled into a good rhythm. The road became less steep and the miles passed steadily. With 3 or 4 miles to go I went through the usual ‘purgatory’ of feeling pretty depleted of energy and just willing myself onwards (and downwards…). Hannah continues to get up really early and joins me on the road. She is amazing with the navigation, preparing food to keep me going and keeping my spirits up. I could not do any of this without the support she is giving and I am full of admiration for her! Thanks for all the messages and donations for Marie Curie. The proceeds of the ‘run home from Rome’ will help to pay a Marie Curie nurse to provide valuable support to people who are suffering from cancer (and their families). This is a massive motivation for me and whenever the legs ache and I’m not sure how I’ll carry on, this thought spurs me on. Keep the donations coming; whether large or small they are very much appreciated!