Tuesday, 21 February 2012

National X-Country + Long Run

The annual trip to Falkirk last weekend for the National Cross Country Championship and a good turn out from our Victoria Park-Glasgow team. The organisers are delighted with the increasing numbers year on year but it is getting a bit harder to get into a rythmn with so many bodies in front of you. First mistake was to run with trail shoes and second mistake was to run two relaxed laps and then push the final one. The course quickly turned muddy and I just could not get a grip in some sections but it was a great workout all the same.
Finished in 211th position in 50.13, a full 1min 10 secs slower than last year but I think it was sheer volume of bodies as running was fairly comfortable. Great performance from big Sean finishing 7th and our team position was 20th, not bad for a team of road runners.

Garmin Details : http://connect.garmin.com/activity/150549182

Results : http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/common/file.php?

Time to ramp up the mileage so a long run on Sunday morning. A bit chilly but clear blue skies so camelbak on and off I set. A wee bit sluggish for the first 4 or 5 miles after yesterdays race but soon got into a steady pace. Cycle paths and canal down to Torrance and out towards the hills, back along the cyle track to Kirky. Still felt good after 15 miles so headed out along the canal to Twechar and back home via Cumbernauld giving me an uphill final 7 miles. Still felt fine finishing 25 miles but as I had a christening to go to had to call it a day.  25.34 miles in 3hrs 10mins. Only consumed 750ml of viper energy drink and my legs felt fine so maybe try and eat a little as well to boost the energy levels next week as the distances steadily increase.

Garmin Details : http://connect.garmin.com/activity/150731712

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