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Great racing, OO and congrats on the win.
Gul, you do enough miles and tempo type stuff to put in a decent shift in a 10k.
Nice tempo session, GDawg. I usually find that my gps corrects itself to an extent by suddenly having me 7mm pace when I am plodding.
Tough session yesterday of 2k (90s), 1k (3 Min)x 3. The 2k reps came in around 5.55 and the 1k around 5.40 paces. Felt harder than I was expecting given 5.55 is HMP. Followed up with a very low effort 10m over lunch today. Manged to time it so I left the house as It started raining, then absolutely smashed it down for 20 mins, then just rained then as I got in it stopped and the sun came out.
Off out in a few hours to make sure I've secured a good seat for the game.
Did anyone catch the BBC doc on Monday night, Gold Rush? Part 1 of 3 and in iplayer. If you missed it I highly recommend catching up.
Gul, that is correct, it's me and I am getting quite excited. Watching Atomic Kitten perform their wonderful new hit this morning on BBC breakfast has really got the mood up! I did a myheritage DNA thing last year, says I am 23.6% English, that's enough to get on the gravy train, surely??
Tickets for my seat cat are currently going for about 3.5k. I'd want a lot more than that to give up my seat!
Nice work on the MLR and steady 10. I have an 8m tempo over lunch followed by 5 x 1 min strides so with wu and cd, will be pushing 12m.
Decent 22, SBD. Will you taper back at all for Bedford?
We are due to go to Lanzarote in just over 2 weeks and whilst our rules allow it, I am increasingly concerned that by then we will be posting 60000 cases a day or so and Spain may not want us there!
Some good runs there, Gul, getting the miles in and the tempo.
I had a pleasing tempo on Friday. Whilst not hot it was 20c and I like to compare these runs to what I was doing in January and February when it was 3c. Usual application of first 4m a bit easier coming in at 6.28, 6.28, 6.23 and 6.25. My this point my HR was pretty low and I had quite a bit of drift to the targeted 160 average so did a bit more pick up second half than usual with a 6.16, 6.12, 6.10 and 6.10, for a 6.19 average and 158 BPM. Heart rate and pace very comparable to February when it was much cooler.
Easy runs since then and a 10k race tomorrow night. Not a fast course unfortunately but as it's county champs as well, it's all about v40 positioning!
I also found myself doing a match report from Sunday if anyone wants a first hand report of the carnage being completely under stated in the media!
The footy was not quite the experience I hoped for. We travelled across London through Charring cross etc on tube and big groups of lads were all getting on and off around there. We'd already heard about 2pm that Wembley way was rammed and mainly with very drunk people. We got to Wembley about 4.30 and my mate had a text off a mate of his already there who goes to all England games to advise us to keep away from the area as it wasn't a safe or pleasant environment. He had managed to get into a hotel bar just by Wembley which was safe and so we blagged ourselves in there also and stayed until about 6pm. As soon as we got off the train at Wembley central you could feel the edgy atmosphere.
What we witnessed, all whilst avoiding Wembley way, was atrocious. There was a nominal police presence outside the ground, mainly keeping the road clear for team buses to enter etc. There were huge volumes of people there without tickets, mainly in the 15-25 age group. They were scaling the walls to get onto the main concourse, which means that once there they had bypassed covid checks, bag checks and ticket checks. If a marshal left his post to give chase another 10 just scaled the wall.
We then entered the concourse and skirmishes were breaking out. As we approached our gate it became a complete bottle neck a there was also a disabled gate close by. The many without tickets cottoned on to the fact that, that was a nice big space to enter, so every time it was opened to allow a wheelchair user in, a mini riot broke out with large organised groups charging the door, trampling anyone in their way. The queue to get in the turnstiles was turning into a crush and people were getting panicked (my kids would have petrified and in tears at this point had they been there). The turnstile was unmanned and the reason fir the delay was people without tickets were all congregating around there waiting for us with tickets to open swipe ours then they would squeeze into the turnstile with you. A lad did just that to me despite me trying to stop him. I went straight to a marshal and told him and he just shrugged shoulders and said he couldn't help. We got to our seats and two very young lads were sat in the seats right next to us and immediately told us they didn't have tickets. Id also unwittingly managed to carry a full can of lager in as checks were non existent. my one mate stayed in seats and me and the other went to get some food. We came back 20 minutes later and there was no room anywhere. The aisles were rammed, shoulder to shoulder to shoulder with ticketless lads. Some had taken genuine ticket holders seats and when asked to move completely refused, quite aggressively. Luckily, we were the back row of our tier and so I was able to stand on my seat to watch the game. My two mates were a bit heavy to do that and one has a hip replacement operation in November that he has been waiting 2 years for and had to stand for 3 hours, which when you have paid £850 for top cat tickets is not great. There was a guy in front of me with a full sized rucksack on, you weren't allowed to bring bags in. All the people that got in bypassed security and covid checks. Not great when two heirs to the throne were 200m away! If there was an incident like a fire it would have been carnage. Afterwards we stayed in the ground as long as we could to allow the idiots to disperse.
So whilst it was a great experience being at an event of that level, i'll stick with rugby in the future, and if I have tickets like that again and England are playing i'll just sell them and pocket the profit. I gathered evidence via photos before kick off and I will be making a s.75 claim on my credit card for ticket costs.
Jools, sorry to hear about the sprain. Hope it repairs quickly for you.
GD- I think summer tempo running is very much at risk to the conditions. Even when it's not seemingly that hot, 20c is enough to zap you if you aren't fully on it with fluids etc.
Good you're feeling better today, OO.
Gul, showing some great consistency now.
SBD- You'll be warming up then as we set off. I did message the organisers yesterday just to query whether there were more than a handful of runners doing the 20m race, given it'd be way down the list of choices for most and if not, whether we could start with the marathon or the half. I got a pretty abrupt response basically saying if you are in the 20m race you must start in the 20m start. I'll be a little irritated if I get there and there's 8 of us!
VMLM along with the mass organised race group they are a member of along with the likes of Brighton, GNR etc, published a social media post last night saying they are delighted that full scale normal events are back for them this Autumn. Of course, that could all still change if the Government lose their nerve and/or this all backfires, but it was good to see such an affirmative post.
I'm taking a lateral flow test every morning this week just to be safe. If I survived Sunday without catching Covid, I struggle to see how I would be placed in a more dangerous situation for so long.
10K tonight, hoping the sun disappears before it.