Posted: 01/03/2015 at 22:49
Well done to the Cov bunch. Positives all round with a sensible but strong run from McF, a welcome return to form for DT, and excellent consolidation from Muddy. Hardcore miles from Skinny too to back up the LT-athon.
Not much positive news to report here I'm afraid. We did have family here for lunch, but frankly I've been sulking since.
24mph wind here! Hope it's a bit calmer elsewhere for the racers.
No such luck. Garmin Connect suggested 24mph, but the bent over and flattened course markers suggested rather more than that on what is a pretty exposed country park. Got out ok, and whilst the wind was making it harder work than you'd ideally like, by the 5k mark at just over 19:30, I was only a few seconds down on where I wanted to be. Lost a bit more in mile 4, but still in PB territory.
Mile 5 slipped further however as I found myself isolated, and soon after turned back into the brick wall of a wind that by now was at least as strong as that along the Trent that Lit and I encountered just before Christmas. Despite a grit of my teeth, my pace slowed to 8:45/m (FFS!) and looking around me, there was a 25m+ gap to the next person in front, and more than that to those behind, and I gutlessly chucked the towel in.
This mile slipped out to a miserable 7:02 as I waited for those behind me to catch up, and I then half-heartedly hung on to the back of those three through to the finish. Not just the target had gone, but so had the PB, and it wasn't even a 2015 best - 35 seconds down on a controlled effort on a course with 350ft of climbing for Charnwood. 40:18 on the chip, and only a few seconds up on last year.
It's a funny old game. Despite my well discussed biases, I loved the mud, slop and hills of the XC last week, and had my most miserable racing experience ever today on a flat, predominantly paved and pathed course.
Clutching at any passing straw, most regular racers appear to be at least as far, and in many cases, even further down on their best, and for those that know the local running scene, I got chatting to John Wadelin on the start line. He felt he was coming into the race in PB shape too (32:46) after a good winter, and he ran 32:50 at Shelton in October when I ran my PB. 34:27 for him today, so in excess of 1:30 down on where he thought he might be. I'll try to take some comfort from that...
...though it's probably fortunate for them that we no longer have cats to kick. Meh.
Fingers crossed nothing comes of that niggle, marrows.