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Race: wingfoot xc classic (3.107 Miles) 00:20:12, Place overall: 11
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today was the atlanta track club's inagural wingfoot xc classic, and it was my first xc race in 10 years (i'm an old lady). 

the race was held at sam smith park, which is basically just a giant open space in the middle of cartersville, GA (about 40 miles NW of atlanta). there was no shortage of rain leading up to the race, so the course was well-mudded and slip-sloppy. there was hay scattered over the extra schloppy parts, so there were no actual puddles on the course, but footing was still pretty atrocious. 

my fatal error of the day was showing up to the race without spikes. although i did not fall (i'm not sure how), i was slip-sliding all over the place. there were several points in the race where my feet slipped out from under me while trying to plant and drive forward, and it was a huge momentum killer. 

even factoring the conditions into my time, this was a slow, bad race. i wasn't feeling it from the beginning. i fell way back at the start and spent the whole first mile just trying to manage my out-of-control breathing. by the end of the race, my legs had no power. i was not smooth and i was not in the groove, but i know some days are like that. next up is tufts 10k, and i'm really looking forward to that one. i have a couple more weeks to get some good workouts in, and i hope i'll be ready to race well there.

splits: 6:27, 6:27, 6:28, :46

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Jake K on Sat, Sep 26, 2015 at 21:12:41 from

On the bright side, remarkably consistent splits!

There's no way you could have been dialed in for an XC race, especially in slippery conditions without spikes. You'll do just fine at Tufts.

From kevin212 on Sat, Sep 26, 2015 at 22:01:08 from

Nice consistency! "I know how yous kids like 'em SCHLOPPYYYY!"

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 00:49:14 from

Yeah...there's a reason they make xc spikes.

XC is hard. Nice work!

From Nancy on Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 02:34:06 from

Considering the conditions that was a great race.

From Tom K on Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 18:51:41 from

Schloppyyy!- man, that's funny!

Even though you felt like you had no power, it still sounds like it was a unique experience, and maybe kind of fun. I'll take those even splits on dry asphalt anytime. Great race!

From XCAnimal on Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 18:59:02 from

#XC4ever...thats my opinion anyway.:)

From allie on Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 20:22:36 from

reading through this, i'm not sure why i was so negative, as i really wasn't upset about my time or anything about the race yesterday. it was a bad race, yes, but from start to finish i had a lot of fun. they really went all out with it and participation was great -- lots of people out there nostalgic for their xc days. :) while i only ran a handful of races in high school, those are still some of my favorite running memories, and yesterday was a nice way to revisit that.

next time, spikes.

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