6 Days Until London

Sharpie breaks down his #LondonMarathon race week thoughts in today's blog post #ReasonToRun Click To Tweet

Where the hell does time go? I woke up this morning extra early and realized in two days I board my flight to London. I realized that in 6 days I will be starting the Virgin Money London Marathon! I realized this was race week.

Before I go any further, I just want to congratulate all of the Boston Marathoners for starting and finishing today’s race. You are all amazing!

So what is on my mind for race week you may ask?


Normally, I can pack the night before I leave on a trip and be fine. This time, I started last week. I have also unpacked and repacked three times. I made a list and I keep going back to ensure I have everything I need. If I forget something I can always grab it at the expo, but I want to be as prepared as possible. The fashions for the week are fantastic!


This is my first time to London and I will be there Thursday-Monday. That’s not a lot of time considering Sunday is race day. So I┬ámade a list of things I wanted to do and see. I am usually a “go with the flow” kind of guy when I travel, but it’s London! A place I have always wanted to visit and experience. So I have to get a full taste while I am in the city. I’m going to the Tate Modern museum, seeing The Lion King on stage, and eating at so many great places my head is spinning with excitement. So so much to do…

Race Day

My goal for the race is to be as comfortable as possible and stay focused. The Los Angeles Marathon was a great benchmark to see where I am in terms of endurance and strength. The weather is looking promising for race day, so as long as I stay consistent I should do amazing. I also want to enjoy the crowds and the city for what it is. There’s something about the Majors that really awakens the spirit of a city. The voices rumble and rock the streets. Strangers cheer you on by name. There is pride with these races and I can’t wait to be there.

All in all, I am just excited to head overseas for my first international race and my fourth Abbott World Marathon Major. It’s crazy to think I only have Tokyo and Berlin left. Be sure to follow my Instagram if you want to keep up with all of the shenanigans.

I am ready. I am prepared. I am excited. I am not looking forward to a 10 hour flight. But I am looking forward to a life changing race. Next stop, London.

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