I missed my 60 mile weekly target because sometimes things happen which are more important than running. It’s been a tough week to say the least.
Along with four Valley Strider teammates, I ran at the Yorkshire Veterans cross country championships on Saturday afternoon.
Cross Country isn’t my best racing variant performance-wise, however this course suited me better than most. It was reasonably flat and not that muddy given the deluge of recent rain.
I made a bad shoe choice – I wore my spikes because the course looked suitable for them. However, it was quite stony and I kept hearing annoying crunching noises as my spikes impacted the little rocks in the ground.
I ran OK – coming 6th overall in the 50+ race and 4th in my age category, just behind Tim who made the podium in third place. He set off quickly and had opened up a good gap on me by the middle of the race. For much of the third and final lap I was slowly catching him, but I never got close enough to really threaten him and he finished strongly.
Valley Striders came away with the victory spoils in the team event:
I’m really looking forward to next weekend, a road trip to the beautiful city of Bath and hopefully a crack at my half marathon PB.
LM -7 weeks
52.8 miles, longest run 11.2 miles
Weight 11 St 0.8 lbs
Aerobic efficiency on Sunday run 938 beats per mile