XC / road / hill race 31:01  3.6 mi (8:37 / mi)
Borders League - Paxton house
Perfect race prep. A week of shite training then a great party the night before. Minimal sleep, but sober enough to drive from Dunblane to Berwick at 8:30.
Yesterday's park run felt even worse than Trotter training on Thursday, which is going some. I was not looking forward to today, but the cool crisp air already felt better than yesterday so I thought I'd jog round the first lap and see.
The plan worked well, with an easy start followed by moving through in the second lap. V satisfying, and I don't think I lost much time at all on Sarah ON and Rhona Anderson in the second lap. Wore my dobbs, which was nice. Still felt my breathing was restricted, but my legs felt ok and there was some endorphins for the first time all week. Pleased.
The whole Ward family have joined Interlopers for 2017, for various reasons. Ray left ESOC early 2016 and has been intending to join Interlopers for some months. I really appreciate the past 10 years with ESOC, but the time has come for a change.