Bucks, Berks and Oxfordshire XC Champs for me today. Tough course, lots of up and downhill, and pretty cold. Long story short, I had an absolute horror show. Lost to people I've never lost to, or even been close to losing to, before, including AG's very own nemesis. Don't know what's going so badly wrong, but I think I'm going to steer clear of racing until I'm able to pull some kind of form together, assuming I can do that - I realise that's a bit precious, but every time I race it's knocking my confidence further. Oh well, it's a run out at least.
Bus, it was a consultant-sponsored external meeting. We haven't been allowed food at Council meetings since about 2008.
SG, I suppose I should start my answer by saying that McMillan can predict me a 2:30 marathon all he wants, but it ain't gonna happen any time soon. Whereas you use MP as a theoretical zone, I have run marathons, and, despite what I should be running, I've never actually run one faster than 6:07 pace.
Prior to my half PB, I was doing these long tempos of 10-12 miles at around 5:50 pace, but I'm not in that kind of shape right now, and I don't really need to be getting anywhere near a peak until February. The focus right now is just on building up the miles and getting reasonable sessions under my belt rather than trying to force myself into top form with big sessions too early.