Short and sharp race at the Emirates Arena this afternoon. I think a few others from the club would have fancied this but some had niggles and others were doing the final race of the Borders XC series or the Kirkie 12.5k.
On such a fine winter day it almost seemed a shame to be running indoors. If only this race had been last Sunday and the Greenock 5-miler today!
I’d noticed some much faster guys on the start list for the V35 race and thought they’d quickly establish a lead. Instead we ended up in a tight bunch. I looked at the clock at about half-way and the pace was just a shade slower than I’d have needed to repeat last year’s time. I couldn’t say it felt comfortable at all, but just not quite as uncomfortable as it should!
No-one wanted to make a move. Reluctantly I took the lead with about 3 laps to go but I knew I wouldn’t be there for long! There was an injection of pace and three guys went by me one-by-one, at a speed I couldn’t live with. It felt like I was going backwards but I managed to hang on for 4th place out of 7. A bit slower than last year but happy enough with it.
This one as well as the 3000m at the start of January are good opportunities to run at such a marvellous venue. Hopefully we can get more Bellas involved next year.