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John Patterson
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Black belt, cat minion and music addict.
Black belt, cat minion and music addict.

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I ran my 100th parkrun this morning, at hot and sunny Ipswich parkrun!

It's weird; it feels like I can't possibly have run that many of them yet, but also like we've been doing this forever, as it's always part of our week now when possible.

Oh and I somehow hit a new max HR too! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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I'm no vinyl junkie, but this new Belly EP might be the prettiest record I've ever seen
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10/05/2018
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Steven Wilson and band at the Royal Albert Hall, yesterday.
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Happy new year, all! Whatever sort of 2017 you had, I hope 2018 is better.
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Met a real star from my childhood, this afternoon:
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We ran the Ipswich Twilight 10k last night.

One of my big running goals for this year has been to concentrate on getting faster at 5k and 10k runs, with the aim of getting to a sub-50 minute 10k, probably at Twilight. I actually did manage to get under 50 minutes on a couple of training runs back in March, but I haven't been able to get close to it recently.

So I really had given up on that as a goal for last night - I just wanted to get the best time I could while doing a strong run, and pacing myself better than previous years so I didn't spend the second lap feeling sick ;) I kept getting swept up into going a little too fast, so when I finished the first lap at around 25 minutes I knew sub-50 minutes wasn't happening because the second half would have to be at least a little bit slower.

But somehow it wasn't! I don't know if it was the training paying off, the great support and atmosphere, seeing so many other RFYL-ers running it, or the samba band playing in the town square - maybe all of those things! - but I had a really strong second lap and finished with a chip time of 49:28, which I'm pretty sure is a new 10k PB!

It's a fantastic event that we're lucky to have on our doorstep. We've already entered for next year.
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19/08/2017
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Parkrun done, for the first time in three weeks. Toasty this morning!
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We went to see U2's "Joshua Tree 2017" tour at Twickenham last weekend.

(Don't click through if you're avoiding show / setlist spoilers.)

Got there in good time so got a pretty good spot (for a stadium gig!), felt like we were just about far enough from the HUGE screen to appreciate it, but close enough to the tree-shaped b-stage to see the band up close at times.

The support act was Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Their whole set was pretty good, but obviously the Oasis songs stood out and got a great reaction from the crowd. It was almost 22 years since the last time I saw Noel live, and he played a couple of the same songs then!

When it was time for U2, Larry walked down to the b-stage, settled in to the drums, and launched straight into the beat for Sunday Bloody Sunday. The rest of the band joined him for a set of pre-Joshua Tree songs there, with no visuals or extra production - just the band on a relatively small stage, up close to us. What a great way to start the show!

The main part of their set was their landmark The Joshua Tree album, performed in full. For that, they took to the main stage, and it was matched up with sweeping films on the amazing, huge screen behind the main stage. It's never been my favourite U2 album, but it really is packed with amazing music, and this was pretty special. It's given me a new appreciation of the album, and I've been listening to it a lot since the gig.

The encores set brought things a little more up to date, although they still didn't play anything more recent than Vertigo (which is fine - the last tour was all about new stuff, and I'm sure the next one will be too). More of an overt campaigning vibe in this section of the show, tying the songs they played into themes around refugees, inequality and women's education.

It really was a fantastic evening. The band were on great form, and it felt like a celebration of lots of wonderful music, with a lot of joy in the crowd.
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Alton Water 10k done! Much better conditions than last year, thankfully, and I felt like I had a good, strong run. Chip time 51:35 for me (a four and a half minute course PB) and around 1:04:23 for +Margaret Pattersonโ€‹.

Great to see lots of other RFYLers running it too, and supporting us around the route ๐Ÿ˜€
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Not a bad marshalling spot, earlier this morning! Just waiting for a few hundred #parkrun runners to show up.
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