Several factors conspired to make this morning’s USATF’s upstate NY masters 8K XC championships mildly disappointing. Came in 7th among masters, 3rd in the 45-49 AG, 27:50. Based on the competition there, could have finished anywhere from 1st to 10th, and ended up dropping to 7th, behind several runners I’ve finished ahead of previously.
Pre-race events foreshadowed subpar results. The 3 hour drive was long; the windy 30 degree morning was not inspiring; unfamiliarity with the race course kept me uncomfortable; seeing that we had to run through a stream, twice, was not inspiring on a windy 30 degree morning; and some people cautioning me against wearing spikes on this course just minutes before the start while I was in my spikes.
Then during the race the injured left knee stiffened up – I guess it still wasn’t a 100%. The knee and the fear in the back of my mind of re-injuring it, I think, kept me from running full speed down a steep rocky quarter mile hill. Here I lost several seconds to the guys who sprinted down with abandon.
Glad to get this race under my belt, though My first XC race of the season, I forget XC running has a learning curve. Will have a local XC race this Saturday, and then another upstate race a couple of weeks after that, to make up for this morning. The knee should be better by then, it’s a little sore now from the pounding it got on the trails, icing is in order…