Welshpoppy, I really hope your ankle heals in time for your race, although if it's still tender and swollen now it's going to be a close thing. I completely agree about laps and much prefer a simple one-lap course. It's tough mentally when you finish the first lap and you know you have to do it all over again. Most local cross-country courses around here consist of three laps, and that's even worse.
TS, to use a word I heard on the radio this morning, you have great bouncebackability.
John, join the club of those overtaken by everyone and their dog running downhill bits in races. It's so annoying.
Wednesday evening was the last race in the series of four in eight days. It's a race I like though, a reasonably flat 10K. The first mile of each of the two laps is a steady climb but only a gentle gradient. That's not to say you don't feel it in your legs though, especially on the second lap.
I did feel tired before the start but was pleased once I got going and found the old legs had a bit of life left in them after all. The time was 44:05, average pace 7:00 and AG 79.9%. I was first over 65 but this year there was no separate prize for that, all the oldies being lumped together as M60s. I was fourth in that category.
It's been interesting to see how I've responded to such frequent racing, never having done anything like it before. On the whole it's been a pleasant surprise. Of course, apart from the 10k, none of the races have been over 3 miles. I don't think four 10k races in that time would have been sustainable for example without times dropping drastically.