Only three more to go! I didn't mention the movie I watched the other day during my last interval run: Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator. I've always known that it was a classic and an important film, but I had never seen it. It is fantastic! Funny and poignant. Friday was five miles at 7:26. Harder than it should have been, but I may have picked up a little bug last week. Over it now. Yesterday was a rest day (FA Cup Semifinal--yay).
Today was 12 miles at long-run pace. Since it's looking like it's going to be warm there next Sunday, I figured a late morning hilly run in the 80/27 degree heat would be a good idea. I had my i-pod on shuffle and a Runner's World marathon podcast came on and the episode was on tapering. What are the odds? The gal was telling me that this run should be only 10 miles and much slower than my typical long runs. Where were you when I started 10 miles ago? I did slow down at that point. Ended at 8:10/mile average.
Two runs this week before I leave and then 5 miles easy on Friday in Hyde Park. I know it's nearly impossible for people to make plans for after the race, but I will just throw this out there: The odds are nearly 100% that I will be parked in The Grenadier Pub in Belgravia http://www.pubs.com/pub_details.cfm?ID=193 for most of the afternoon. It's just our favorite pub. Small, warm, friendly, authentic and very hard to find. They have a "show your medal, get a pint" policy on marathon day. Well, that's not true, but I have that policy!
I still have a few more posts to go. Don't leave until Thursday morning. If some of you are wrapping it up (Rich, for instance), look for me in the Blue start. I haven't figured out how I'm going to do it, but I will have "Tom" on the front and back of my black shirt.
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