Today, I ran the Miles for Missing People 10K to benefit the search for people who have been reported missing. I’m in London, England in between meetings with the Web Foundation Board and others in London, and a trip to Kenya on Monday for a workshop. I awoke to a cloudy, raining morning (how rare for London!), and ran up to Regents Park, about 4 miles north of my hotel. The park is one of many beautiful spots in London in which I’ve run over the years.
En route the the start, it hit me that I had consumed nothing more than a bag of chips, a candy bar and a glass of wine in the previous 20 hours (rushed to the theater the night before without dinner). In the first kilometer of the race, it was clear that the fuel was not in the tank. So, I proceeded at a modest 4:15min/kilometer pace, and held that steadily through the 3 loop course. We circled acres of very wet gardens and soccer (football) pitches full of kids. I finished in 42:12 — 24th out of close to 600 runners. Apparently, I was the first of the over 50 and 55 year olds. The rain must have kept the old guys at home. I was tired, hungry and very cold at the finish, so I jogged quickly back to the hotel without waiting to see if there were any prizes for lucky finishers.
Looking forward to our annual 22 mile Boston Marathon course run with the Highlanders next Saturday!