This does not normally bother me, except yesterday this happened in a Men's race.
The Met League (I think, I can't be arsed understanding what all the different leagues are) cross country race was at Wormwood Scrubs this week. Since it is only a few miles from where I live, starts at 2pm and has the promise of a good pub afterwards I thought it would be rude not to.
I love the start of short races as I get to see stuff I never normally see, such as people warming up by dancing all over the place. It had rained for most of the day up until 2 when the ladies race started, the men were due to start at 2.30
The course was 2 flat laps of wormwood scrubs. It was not too muddy but I hear spikes would have been useful. These races are very competitive and attrack the best short distance runners from the region. I think the highest serpie ranked 19th which gives an idea of how good everyone here is.
I hate running fast, it's uncomfortable. I think I did a fairly even pace and sped up a bit towards the end. My entire race was distracted by a girl running just behind me. I thought she may be just out on a jog but she was behind me all the time. Then towards the end she did run alongside me and confirm that she was in the race as she missed the start of the girls race. She actually said that she does races like this to pick up men. I couldn't tell whether she was hot or not as she flew past me and dissappeared. She looked quite nice from behind.And so I'll have to live the rest of my life knowing that I can't even rely on men's races to avoid getting beaten by girls.
I tried later to drink it off my mind but it didn't work. It just made me walk all funny instead.