It has been a very bizarre cross country season so far. The chilly, crisp winter weather, and the muddy, wet and sticky condition that we tend to expect underfoot have just been non-existent so far.
Saturday 12th at Lloyd Park in Croydon was a perfect representation of this. Usually a wet, very wet course with plenty of mud and standing water to get your teeth into was pretty dry. Certainly runnable in flat trainers. Now I’m not trying to make any excuses, I was nursing a bit of a hip strain anyway, but the lack of mud and difficulty made the pace a bit quick!
I managed to run a slight negative split over the two laps of the race, so was fairly happy with this. Couldn’t help feeling by the end that I had used the slightly sore hip as a bit of an excuse throughout not push quite as hard as I might. This combined with being more or less by myself for the last quarter of the race didn’t give me a huge amount of motivation to go for a strong finish.
Yet to see any cross country mud in the 2XU league this season. Let’s hope the weather turns a bit colder and wetter over the next few months in time for the County Championships in early January.