As I have been out and about it is amazing how many people I have seen running - a sure sign that it is the GNR in a week's time! Love it or loath it (and I think I do a bit of both) there is no doubt that it is a massive event and one that does get people into running.
I know one or two of the group are running. It would be good to organise to all meet up at the start and get a photo. The start is at 10:40 and I guess people will be wanting to get into the pens early. The baggage buses go at 10:05. So how about meeting at 9:45 outside the cat and dog rescue home on Claremont Road? Its not far from the baggage buses, up towards Grandstand road.
Plan for the week
Mon (7:30) - The schedule says grassy pyramids. I think after the amount of rain yesterday and last night that the common will be too wet to do this, so I will substitute another session. I am also a little concerned about the light and whether we will have enough to run outside of Morpeth till 8:30, so we may do a pyramid around Lancaster Park, but I will make a decision on the night depending on the weather conditions. It will be a session with shorter efforts.
Wed (6:30) - Track 800m. I'm afraid I am now going to be away on Wednesday. This is a straight forward session: 4-6 x 800m efforts with 2 to 1 min recoveries depending on your fitness levels.
Thurs (6:30) - 6 min. This is about long efforts up the Steads. 6 min with 2 min recoveries. Aiming for 4-5 efforts. This is too much if you are running GNR, so there will be flexibility to fit in with people's needs.
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