Long-O', M55 (Green-X course).
A really solid run. No mistakes and I think my routes were all good. And a good effort physically. Legs felt pretty decent, and I spent a lot of time being aware of how, and how fast, I was moving, trying to be as smooth as possible, and trying to keep a pace on the uphills that I hold without going anaerobic. Had in mind to try to run all the hills, but walked 3 or 4 short stratches on steeper pitches when it didn't seem like running was going to be any faster. A little tired at the end, but could have gone further if I had needed to (would have been fun to run the Red course to see how I would have placed...).
Started 10 minutes after Charlie, 8 after Phil, and was curious if I would catch and/or see them. Passed Charlie without seeing him, I think on the way to 6 as we took different routes. Saw Phil just ahead coming into 8. He was a bit quicker up the hill to 9 but I was out of the control faster. I was a little uncertain on the first part of the way to 10, but didn't want to slow down to be sure, so just kept going in the right direction and pretty soon everything made sense. Amazing how one is affected by the thought that someone else is watching. Saw Phil for the last time leaving 11 as I was a little stronger going up the hill to the road crossing, but he wasn't far behind at the finish, having had one of his best runs ever, I think, good for second in M50.