Easy warm up/down 17:32  2.03 mi (8:38 / mi) +12m 8:29 / mi
Warm up before the National running some of the course in reverse supporting Hannah in th under 20s race. Ground quite firm and only a couple muddy patches so opted for trail shoes rather than spikes. Felt quite nervous before the race, legs felt good though.
Session race (National XC Champs) 46:11  6.64 mi (6:57 / mi) +103m 6:38 / mi
Loved it! That's definitely my best performance in an XC race. Bit windy during the race but the temp cooled down from earlier in the day, it also started raining during th last lap. I think i'm guilty of treating XC as a hard training run rather than a race because it's not about time and I'm not really quick enough to be anywhere near the sharp end. Today was different, my aim was to beat fellow Metro Andrew T and a workmate Matt who runs for JSK. Both are quicker than me on paper but it was great to race against them and use a bit of tactics to try and beat them.
Knew from the ladies race that the course was longer than 10k so made sure I didn't start too fast and aim to run all 3 laps at roughly the same pace. Lots of elbows out during the crowded first K, heading up the tough hill round the back of Callender House I was with Andy T and Matt, I could see that I was pulling away a little on the uphill for them to then catch me up on the decent. We kept each other company for the first lap, and again I increased the effort on the uphill behind the house and Andy lost contact with us. Running well on the second lap I knew that i needed to drop MAtt on the hill as he is faster than me on the flats. Put a big effort on the same hill during the last lap and managed to open up a gap. Matt managed to close the gap though and with his sprint finish meant I finished 9 seconds behind him.
Great fun racing though. Not a huge Metro squad, 362nd place, 8th Metro and 2nd Metro Vet. Beat all the Metros I would want to beat :)
Easy warm up/down 8:41  1.0 mi (8:41 / mi) +3m 8:36 / mi
Cool down round Callendar Park pond, legs a bit knackered after the race. No issues with hammies.