Well hello from frankfurt airport where I'm waiting for a flight home. Well that was an odd but good week. Have to say I am a lot more relaxed now than i was when i got to vienna. The roof really was coming in on my world in so many ways. In the end the foot i was worried about became the least of my problems but the combo of non running related sh!t, the prospect of sunshine and the arrival of a migraine at 4pm on sat afternoon had my mind totally screwed. Was all for just running the half at 8pm on sat night and only made call to go for the second lap at the 20k when i could see the road fork. Unfortunately i made the left and not the right decision and all the doubts and feeling rotten started to kick me in the arse just after the stadium. It was a looooooooong last 7 miles!!!! Think I dodged a bullet getting round in 3:27 it could have been a half, a DNF or a DNTAMT (don't tell anybody my time).
Other than that vienna was great. Shame the people all look so miserable. Footie was braw, horse dancing was rank and opera was surprisingly not quite as brutal as I thought it would be. Roller coasters in prater were an experience (its not good when they set you off without the safety barrier coming down. Hold tight there is nothing else holding you in!!! Ferris wheel rubbish, chairoplanes amazing. Been somewhere I've never been, done some stuff like going to an opera i would never have done anywhere else, been amazed by some stuff i never even knew about till i stumbled over it and ticked another marathon off the 'to do' list. All in all a pretty good week
Tickets here direct off rapid vienna site. Start at 15e plus 1e to print at home. The seat selector isn't overly fond of internet explorer. Try google chrome if you can't get selector to come up. Cheapest seats in section A. Stadium they are using was the place they played final of euro champs when they hosted with Switzerland and is in middle of the prater so not hard to get to.
There are also some 3h long operas available if you didn't experience enough pain over a 3 hour period in the morning