Day 359 – Running with the elite finally!

I said I’d have a surprise in store for you today. Something exciting for the dying days of my year-long challenge.

This morning, having kipped over at my Brother’s place in town (due to a necessary early start) I headed out of the door at about 6am. I had an important appointment with a guy you might have heard of. This morning I met and ran with Mo Farah.

It was a bit of a London 2012 media event but having arrived early and found the right people to talk to, I had the pleasure of meeting Mo before the rest of the media frenzy kicked off. I have to say, he’s a really nice and very down to earth bloke. A pleasure to talk to and very happy to meet everyone and have a gentle social run with them.

We headed out as a group of around a hundred runners from all over London (and a few of us from further afield) to Regent’s Park for the obligatory four hundred metres of photographers and TV cameras before getting to some actual running.

A few of us picked up the pace a little and got some way ahead of the middle group, with whom Mo ran the whole run. We’d assumed Mo would go for a fast sprint finish and were prepared, slowing down about 100m from the finish line tape.

As the pack, and Mo approached we all waited for him to make his now legendary move to finish at speed. With about 100m to go (and I’d got myself a 50m head start on him) he went for it. Everyone tried to sprint to the line in response but even given the head start, I was beaten to the line! Clearly I can’t compete :-(

Anyway, a great way to mark the end of the challenge and a great experience to meet a world class athlete who is such a genunely nice guy. Thanks Mo.

Back to the big miles tomorrow and then a mini taper ahead of the Great North Run on Sunday. This is going to be a big week for me!

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Today’s shoes: Blue and White Kayano 17s
Miles today: 3.00
Target: 1077
Miles to date: 1642.95
“The important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top.”
Herb Elliott

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