Well, it's just about 10:30 a.m. here in the UK, which means many of you haven't made it out of bed yet. Me? I HAVEN'T been to bed, and am into hour 20 of my day.
Anyway, after an overnight flight from Chicago, Darcy and I are halfway there on our trip to Dubai. What's crazy is that a trip like this shows how big our world really is, because Dubai is just as far from London as Chicago is! We still have about a 6 1/2 hour flight in front of us -- wheels up in about three hours! We look to arrive in Dubai about 11:30 p.m. local time, which means there will be one epic night of sleep to follow!
Fortunately our 777-200 plane had the cool video screens in the headrests, so I checked out a couple of TV shows and then watched the movie "This Is When I Leave You". It didn't get very good reviews when it was in the theaters but I really liked it.
After getting to our terminal and going through security, I headed to the bathroom and did what every good runner should do, I changed into my gear and got in a 30-minute run!
I did get a few strange looks, but I honestly didn't care. I enjoyed myself and it was a chance to do something fun and unique. And it means that I can add England to places I have run. Actually, that was the topic of conversation in a running Facebook group I belong to, and the consensus was that it counts. So in the last five weeks I've added Mexico and England to the US for places I've run. How about that?
Like I said, I did get a few strange looks, but a funny moment came near the end of my run when a guy looked at me and said, "How many laps have you run, lad?". I told him "a bunch!". Actually I think it was four.
The run was also a good chance to knock off the rust and the tightness of sitting on a long flight, so I feel lots better now than when I just got off the plane. On the flip side, I don't think I did my body any favors because according to my watch I was running at 3 a.m. Chicago time! But I feel good and refreshed right now. I'm not sure how long that will last, but it's a good feeling for the time being!
In the end, I got a bit of a training run in and made a nice memory.
Next stop, Dubai! I already have a couple of runs planned there, so look for posts from me with some great photos!