Trail running race 22:51  5.55 km (4:07 / km) +84m 3:50 / km
East League XC - Broxburn - 5th
Worst possible start to the race: initially lined up just behind one girl on the start line I started speaking to Katie as she was next to me, but by the time the guy shouted to say the gun is about to go off, I turned around and there is about 3 rows of girls in front me! Gun goes off and I'm trapped, and it's not the best course to be trapped on because after the initial 100m it gets pretty narrow! Anyway, bit annoyed at myself starting with what looked like a healthy 20/25 girls in front me, I thought I was just going to have deal with it and start picking people up. Which I did over the two laps - and that was kind of cool not being overtaken by anyone! Had to cough a few times because of that throat that has now turned into a full on cold, but to be honest it was just one cough here and there, it didn't prevent me from breathing properly. I have to say the guys did a great job cheering up, so much so that the two time I passed the corner where they were shouting at me from, I felt I had to overtake the girls near me at that time - gave me that extra boost!
Getting to the last part of the last loop, I had some sweat coming to my right eye (I would normally spare this kind of not so glamorous details but it has some relevance!) so I automatically went to rub it quickly at the same time as I hit some uneven ground and my finger went straight to my open eye... OUCH!! Yes I poked my own eye, that's how silly I am. Duh. So yeah super sore, and that was me now running down a bit of snowy downhill, hand on one eye wondering what just happened, with a blurry vision and a well questionable balance. I had passed a girl not long before and I thought she'll see me struggling and come right passed but it actually never happened - the adrenaline must have kept me going! Even managed to pick up the pace getting to the finish line.