McF - Racing when ill is always grim - well toughed out. XC is always good training even if you didn't have the best of races.
DT - Sounds like a pretty impressive pace for XC and if you are beating people you wouldn't normally that has to bode well.
I ran a local 10k today as my backup option to Leeds. It's not my favourite course as its very exposed, muddy & slippy in places and has quite a few of the dreaded switch backs and tight turns. Having been ill the last couple of weeks I was also still feeling decidedly iffy beforehand. So expectations were generally pretty low. Once we got going I was still feeling rather dodgy but my legs seemed to have appreciated the very easy last couple of weeks and felt better than they had for a while. I just concentrated on knocking out a steady pace in the first half and went through 5K in 18.15. I decided I was feeling good at this point and really pushed on in miles 4 and 5. However it seemed I had rather overcooked things as I then really started treading water into a stiff headwind in mile 6 (6.11 ouch). Picked things up again in the finishing straight and crossed the line for an official time of 36.29. A massive Lit style 2 second PB.
So pretty pleasing all things considered although it feels like a case of what could have been on the much faster Leeds course last week.
Great racing everyone, especially Skinny and Madbee for sizeable PBs. Muddy that's pretty impressive off limited recent mileage and well inside your sub 37 aim!
I decided not to race in the end as I was still feeling lousy. Turned out to be a good decision as when I went for a little run out on Sunday afternoon I managed 5k before having to call it a day. I've entered a local 10k next weekend as plan B.