Running race 32:40  9.44 km (3:28 / km)
shoes: X-Talon 212 2016
Hampshire XC League Popham - 29th raced hard!
Really happy with that! Today was a bit of a test, the first proper XC race of the season and off the back of 3 solid weeks of training. Course could've been muddier, put the effort in and raced the guys around me. Improved a further 16 places on last year, so 100 better in two years! Once again, faster than my 10km PB pace at Popham! If the course was longer, was on for a sub 35 10km despite the turns and small hills.
Felt like the pace seemed fast on the first couple of laps, but tried to focus on racing and running strong at that moment. Don't think I slowed too much actually which shows that it was about right. Didn't spend as long as I wanted stretching or psyching myself up for it, but during the race my mental strength seemed good. Halfway on the final lap knew I was top 30, so really worked to maintain it. The downhill sprint finish was horrific, legs completely spent!