England v Germany

My COVID self-isolation ended at midnight but I contained my enthusiasm until half six.

I got dressed and walked the dogs a mile each before returning for breakfast, ahead of driving into work.

Apparently, there’s a football match on tonight but I chose to walk home instead of watching the match. As I left work at four, I noticed that the roads were especially busy, presumably from all the footie fans trying to get home for the five o’clock kick-off.

Even though the roads looked as though they’d be pretty quiet, I picked a route along the canal, firstly to Aston then via Spaghetti Junction and on to Tyburn House.

As I ascended the locks up to the summit by Aston University, I was rewarded with views of wild flowers including daisies and lovely red poppies.

From the uni, I dropped down the first of eleven locks on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal.

To spice it up a bit, I jogged down the locks and up and down the various bridges over disused arms from the canal.

I noticed that my average pace was well below 14:00 mins per mile but didn’t feel to overworked – hopefully some of the old speed was returning.

At Salford Junction (Spaghetti) I turned right to continue along the Birmingham & Fazeley. The pace continued to creep down to hover around 13:30 – Nice !

I had to leave the canal after about six miles when I reached Chester Road at The Tyburn Road pub. The one thing that I did notice immediately was how quiet the roads were. It was now getting on for half five, about thirty minutes into the England / Germany game.

I was listening to the news on Radio 4 and at each news summary, listeners were warned to turn down the volume for a couple of minutes if they didn’t want to know the score – I wasn’t really bothered but it was still 0-0 unto half time.

The road down past Jaguar Land Rover was unusually quiet with Spitfire Island even quieter.

From the roundabout under the M6, apparently, according to Google, called Castle Bromwich Interchange, I trotted almost to the top of the hill to Castle Bromwich Hall then skirted Parkfields and back home diverting to the shops at Green Lane for a bottle of fizzy to have with dinner.

A tad under ten miles at an average of 13:30 with which I was well pleased. Combined with the morning’s doggie walks gave a daily total of 11.96.

TOTALS for 2021
TODAY’S MILEAGE   12 miles
ANNUAL MILEAGE   854 miles
#WALK 1000 REMAINING   146 miles
ROUTE 66 REMAINING   1424 miles

By the way, England went on to beat German by two goals to nil.