After an early alarm call we set off by car to the south of Siena to yesterday’s end point. After cereal, fruit and plenty to drink we began the 26.2 miles. Before the sun came up the temperature was mild and some early-morning cloud kept the sun at bay for a while. I was enjoying the running for the first 11 miles when I noticed a worrying pain in one of my left quadriceps muscles. Mild at first but intensifying rapidly, the pain soon left me wincing and I eased the pace right down. Just a mile later Hannah strapped the muscle to give me some extra support. We soon decided that I needed to walk the remainder of today’s marathon in order to minimise further muscle damage caused by the relentless pounding. Despite my best efforts to condition my legs to running this kind of distance I was reduced to walking pace half way through the day. It’s not yet 150 miles from Rome and we hope to cover ten times this distance in all. I felt really despondent and concerned for the run tomorrow and the whole challenge ahead. We dug in, paced out the remaining 13 miles and tried to keep impact to the left quadriceps to a minimum. Time dragged on, I had a tuna sandwich on-the-move and finally reached the end in 32 degree heat at 1 pm. A frustrating run! This afternoon I have iced the sore muscle and taken some ibuprofen. We’ll see whether some food and a good night’s sleep will mean it’s possible to continue. For all the preparation we’ve put in to get this far and all the people who have so kindly left messages of support and donations, I seriously hope we can keep going!