It may not have been exactly as scenic a setting as this time last week, but this was also a pretty good run. Settled down nicely within a couple of kilometres, and flowing pretty well through the first half, including up some some reasonably solid climbs in Balwyn. Tired somewhat in the second half but still moving OK, and had a nice sharp finish. This was a bit longer than planned (I'd been aiming for 1.45), but not too upset about that - thought the only consequence of the longer time might have been having to get a slightly later train, but my normal train was running a bit late so I didn't even have to do that.
Not terribly fast, but darkness in the first half and mud at times along the river in the later stages may have contributed to that. (Something I've noted here is that if you're not running with a light, there are limited options for getting across the river and associated parklands in the dark, as one has to do to get to the south or southeast at this time of day at this time of year).
One interesting piece I encountered today was on the rise of Icelandic football
(Iceland have qualified for a major tournament for the first time, having just missed out on the last World Cup). They've invested very heavily in coaching infrastructure, to the extent that even under-10 coaches are expected to have a UEFA B accreditation (which I think roughly equates to a Level 2 in the Australian system). Something to think about, even if we don't have the financial resources that they do (EUR 11 million, their cut of UEFA's TV income, goes a long way in a country the size of Iceland).