Running on grass warm up/down 10:48  1.91 km (5:40 / km) +12m 5:29 / km
Did a few more strides and easy jogging after to stay warm before the race.
Trail running race 24:58  6.38 km (3:55 / km) +64m 3:44 / km
East district XC champs Livingston - 17th - Team Silver!
Walked the course beforehand and it was rock solid - completely frozen with some icy patches in places! A fair bit of the course is made of trails so I went for trail shoes instead of spikes. I maybe lacked grip at times but I think my feet thanked me for that decision!
This time I thought I'll be reasonable and pace myself at the start, so I went out hard but not sprinting to keep that lactic acid under control. Unlike the previous XC races I managed to get in the zone and race properly without dying after 2k. Caught up with Claire at the start of the second loop - she did not look, or sound, well - I could tell something was wrong with her breathing. I encouraged her and then kept on going. Once I got near the finish I tried to pick up the pace - I wasn't going to let anyone get me on a sprint finish like last year!! Close to being sick from that but all worth it!
Calf felt completely fine - so did everything else!
Running on grass warm up/down 8:14  1.44 km (5:43 / km) +14m 5:28 / km
Too tired and cold to do much more cool down!