The race was held in the Brunssumerhiede, which is where Jurgen and I put in most of our runs during the work week. The course consisted of 2 small loops and 2 large loops. When the gun went off I immediately found myself in about 15th place. I held back in the first small loop knowing how difficult the course was, and that I'll slowly reel in runners as the race progressed. I picked off a couple runners on the 2nd loop, but it was the 3rd loop (1st large loop) in which I caught and overtook many runners, mostly on the hills. On the 4th and final loop I saw the yellow shirt of Dutchman Roger Rousseau and my German friend Boris. I realized that I had been running fairly good when finally I had these guys in sight. Unfortunately, their lead on me increased over the last mile as they were battling for 3rd place. I finished in 5th overall with a time of 36:53, which is irrelevant in a tough course like this one. All in all, it was a good and fun day for our training group as Jurgen, Boris and I took 1st, 3rd and 5th place overall, respectively.
Next race on the schedule is the New Year's Eve 8K race (Trier Silvesterlauf) in Trier, Germany. I will be pacing Haile Gebrselassie through the first 50 meters of the race.
Mon: 9.2M easy; sore quads - ouch!
Tues: 8.5M easy; still sore
Wed: 9.5M easy; still a bit sore
Thur: 10M easy
Fri: 10M easy
Sat: Kerstcross 10K - 36:53 5th place; 10.5 miles total
Sun: 14.8M easy
Weekly Total: 72.5 miles