Grass race 36:30  7.9 km (4:37 / km) +58m 4:27 / km
ahr:175 max:184 shoes: Asics Hyper XC
National Intermediate Cross Country 2018
The muck, good god the muck. A 2k lap of just pure mud, and very sticky mud at that. Probably the hardest course i've ran on.
Wasn't really sure what sort of shape I was in, knew I wasn't in great race shape, so plan was to take it handy enough. Think I did that. Planned my race around some of my team mates. Didn't sprint off at the start. Found my place and then worked up and by a couple of my team mates, then settled.
Then spent the rest of the race doing more passing out than being passed. Which was better than my last National effort a year ago where it felt like I as running backwards.
I knew Seán was coming back to me before the last lap, so then stuck with him up the hill before he got away from me. Was happy to have been able to stay with him. Was helped by another lad getting encouragement, he was told to beat both of us. I was very tempted to say to him that wasn't happening, but just did it physically instead by beating him to the line.
Tough afterwards. Club was 4th by 1 point and County was 4th on countback. I wasn't a scorer on either so nothing I could have done. There were 2 lads in front of me on the home straight, was gaining, but not enough distance. Had I beaten 1 of them then County result would have gone our way. But being realistic the same could be said for everyone else on the team.
Did enjoy the race a bit more than I thought I would, the race passed by a lot quicker than I thought it would.
Physically my right foot was sore afterwards, from the spikes. But calves/achilles were grand. So will take a sore foot over calf problems every day of the week.