Posted: Today at 09:24
TR - Good luck getting back to it. A few weeks of consistent consistency should get some potatoes back in your toothpaste tube.
OO - Welcome back! Get some dune running done in GC.
ES - Solid time, and a PB waiting for a quick course.
More XC fun at the weekend. Sort of mini-tapered with a 4M tempo run on Thursday, then Saturday was the Kent Vets' champs around a mainly flat field in Dartford, just the odd sharp slope to break up the rhythm, but a fast, firm course. Main aim was to challenge for a medal, i.e. at least one place better than last year. Our best guy was a likely contender despite being far from fully fit due to recent injury, and there was a new just-turned-40 whippersnapper who beat me for victory in a 5k last year.
For the first half mile or so there was a lead group of at least 6 well packed, but as things thinned out, these two guys ran together at the front, I kept them in my sights and steadily built a bit of a gap to 4th/5th behind me (including a former national XC silver medalist.) I managed to stay in touch most of the way round and the gap was only about 5 seconds well into the second half of the race, but on the final lap of four they wound things up a bit, and I resigned myself to staying strong enough to hold on to third place. My club mate was pipped on the line by the other guy who had spent 90% of the race sitting on his shoulder, I ended up 23 seconds clear of fourth, and we defended our team title (four to score). 5:34/m for 5.5 miles, one of my faster XC paces. Very pleased with the race, and looking forward to the Southern Vets' XC next week, although the competition will be a bit stiffer. A very pleasant 15 miles yesterday through the woods.