Running (Warm up) 15  2.5 km (6 / km) +150m 5 / km
Jog up from the sports centre to the start, up the first wee bit of the course, a few wee strides/surges thrown in.
Running (Race) 1:11:42  14.1 km (5:05 / km) +660m 4:07 / km
Not my best day at the office. Felt a little off when I got up this morning but by the time we got underway that was forgotten. Formed a wee possy with John, Rich Macleod and Robbie Patterson up and over the first hill, some nice hivemind route choice going on on the downhill. Mostly sitting on John's heels to be honest, relying on him to set the pace and Robbie to keep us right if we went the wrong way. Through the river and the worst of the tussocky crap. Legs felt pretty cold.
On the track up towards Cioch Mhor John started to move away, about half an hour in. Rich then Robbie moved past me and I realised I didn't quite have my race legs on. If I'd gone a fraction harder to stay right on them I think I would have blown up. Nothing in particular wrong, just a general feeling of not being quite there. Legs very slightly heavy, stomach maybe very slightly heavy also. Robbie stayed reasonably close and I ate my just in case gel on the climb up Cioch, maybe 40-45 minutes in. Lost a couple of seconds going slightly off the racing line to give chocolate eggs to the marshals. (What?)
Robbie moved away on the heathery crap coming back from the summit, and a little more on the fast descent on the track. My race face had properly slipped by this point and I had no real intention of getting him back, just staying ahead of 5th. He probably got closer to me on the downhill but I ran the last climb pretty hard and had a reasonable gap at the top. Only some very minor deviations from the racing line on the way through the fields for further egg distribution. A couple of minutes slower than I ran 3 years ago. A bunch of that is attributable to the wind, but also to complacency in the second half. Strava says I was 45 seconds faster on the first climb but exactly a minute slower on the final descent.
(Plus I was in pretty good shape that day. I dug out my old training logs last night and there's some silly stuff in there. I had a great run at Cioch then went into a 5-6 week hole that totally destroyed my Jura prep, which was meant to be my target race. Periodiwhat?)
Right glute and hamstring were creaky before the race and for the first wee bit but settled down ok. A little all round tiredness maybe more noticeable than any particular niggle. In behind my right big toe was talking to me a bit on the runnable track climb, and the outside of my low left leg is pretty tender now. All minor complaints really. I've messaged Kirsty to see if I can get a massage Monday or Tuesday.
Not a huge boost before the Big Show next weekend, but I don't think it's a terrible omen either. A sofa-heavy week should do a lot to bring me round, and I'll go much easier in the gym.