So, haven’t written in awhile. I did this family holiday thing in Orlando (where I completed a 15 mile run as well as a likely 10k while hauling 4-year-old across the Magic Kingdom). I have done plenty of core training via pole fitness. I didn’t meet my 18-mile run goal but as it’s now pretty dang close to the London Marathon I thought “Eh, I’ve run 2 marathons already, so I’ll just skip to the 20-miler and all will be good.” I rested all Saturday and looked at the pleasantly-overcast Sunday as the ideal day.
Oh, man, the pain. I’ve got so much figured out, but my hips this run where so unhappy. I had altered my run slightly to ensure I ran through as many pretty places of Oxford as possible to keep my mind off of it. I had backlogged podcasts so I had plenty to listen to. I had eaten bananas… so many bananas.
It was mile 18.8. I know this because this was the point I pulled out my phone. I was at the Radcliffe Camera, which cuts over to this really cool passage that I thought would be an excellent way to end (and also conveniently near a bus stop home). It’s a beautiful area. Seriously, look:
Funny thing the area you see to the right of the screen was blocked off. Some people with barriers and yellow jackets. I immediately realised that there was a high likelihood of filming going on in the area. There is lots of filming in Oxford, so I pulled my phone out and thought I would see about capturing some of it. It would likely be an Inspector Lewis or perhaps a documentary… sometimes cool things like X-Men get filmed there and there was hearsay that Benedict Cumberbatch filmed at Trinity College not too long ago.
Regardless, the whole little event would get my mind off the pain I was feeling. Not to mention the fact that my brain kindly reminded me that if this were the real deal I would be undergoing 8 more miles of said pain.
As I approached the Bodleian Library I saw a knot of people with cameras and the top of a head. My first thought was, “Oh, wow, it’s John Barrowman!”
And so here is what is going through my head: “Why is John Barrowman hanging out in Oxford? I mean, he’s actually Scottish but he lived in America for such a long time he’s never gotten his accent back. Isn’t he actually doing a series in America? Maybe he’s doing something here. I loved him in Doctor Who… Oh, I can get closer…”
“My husband is going to be so jealous. Wow, he’s got a lot of security with him I didn’t think he’d have so much but that’s cool. And he’s talking to people… funny… that doesn’t sound like his voice. That sounds a lot like Tom Cruise…”
“Holy pile of expletives, that IS Tom Cruise.”
I had managed through some sort of will, or perhaps because I was at mile 18.8 and likely smelled very much like it that a hole in the barrier had opened up and he was working my way. Mr. Cruise spent a few moments with every person and was very polite. He also looked amazing. I mustered every ounce of polite attitude and patience to make sure everyone who was there before me got their chance (it’s the British way). He looked at me and said hello. I told him I was out on a twenty mile training run and didn’t expect to see him in route. His response, “Twenty miles? Hey, that’s great!” And then we got a photo:
Yep, the face of a guy who has made tonnes of successful films and looks like he’s 35 against the face of a woman who had almost finished her 20 mile run and looks like she’s 1.2 miles closer to totally insane.
Any way, two things:
- I forgot about the hip pain. (Tom fixed it with his magic.)
- I finished 20 miles.
Finally, I would like to invite John Barrowman to Oxford next weekend for my 22-miler. In front of the Bodleian if you don’t mind because that is where I meet famous people. I’m totally sure he can do this. And, if you can’t, John, I’m cool with a picture of you with a sign saying, “GO CRISTIN! WHOEVER YOU ARE!”
Author’s Update: My husband has informed me that currently John Barrowman is frolicking in a pool in Palm Springs, California, in red high heels according to recent Facebook posts. As this is totally awesome I can understand if he cannot make my Oxford request immediately. However, if he can make the sign whilst frolicking in red high heels my whole life would pretty much be complete.
That’s such a great encounter and story. Thanks for sharing that and best to you with your running! I gave your blog and post a mention on mine as I’ve been covering news regarding “The Mummy.” Cheers!
Thanks! I was actually a Classics student in college and LOVED the Mummy movies (including the original!). Oxford is a perfect place to film a thriller. And yes, the encounter was really cool. You could tell he wanted to take a few moments with the fans and he worked to connect with as many people as possible – I thought that was incredibly kind and professional. It also helped me so much on those last 1.2 miles of the training run – I was on a high! London Marathon here I come!
That’s really interesting. I’ve yet to visit England, but I know Cruise loves it and Oxford seems like a terrific place to begin ‘The Mummy’ in. This reboot looks like it’ll be closer to the original than the 1999 one so that should be fun. The locations look beautiful. I really like that you had a great experience meeting him. I actually got to meet him at the start of the press tour for the last Mission: Impossible and he was very kind. Always nice seeing him take time out to meet as many as he can and it’s awesome how you met him. I could only imagine the runner’s high afterwards! Best to you and your running goals!
I moved to England from America almost 8 years ago and it suits me. It’s an interesting country with lots of history and wonderfully diverse people and culture. It’s not all like London! I hope you get to come some time as Oxford (and nearby Blenheim Palace) are regular filming sites that come with really interesting stories on their own.
Ahhh, you moved to England? Very nice. I’m glad you like it. I’m positive at some point I will get to visit and I’d love to see Oxford and Blenheim Palace. I love buildings and architecture too so I know it’d be great.