Dan and I headed up to Amesbury last night for the second in the five series "River Rivals" track meets. It was hot, 90's and windy on the track. I felt lousy all day and especially lousy when we headed out for our 3 mile warm-up.
After another mile with some strides we hit the start line. Our plan was to alternate each 800. I was thinking 82 per 400 would make sense, Dan had other thoughts. He took it out just under 80 and I was already working way too hard to hang on. I took over at the half and was able to lead us through the mile in 5:20 but I was toast...burnt toast by that point. Dan took over for his half and was gone. I steadily lost ground as he eased away to a win in 10:43 which was four seconds better than last week. I struggled to a 10:52 which was 12 seconds slower than last week.
I got some water and kept moving on the track getting another mile in before the 800 meters. I had nothing when we hit the starting line. Dan got a bad start but went flying by at 100m and kept on speeding up. He ended up winning in 2:25 and I took second in a very ugly 2:29.
We gathered up our gear and headed out for a 2 mile warm-down for a 10 mile night (and 14 mile day for me). It wasn't pretty but it was another "fast" effort in the bank. Only 3 weeks until track nationals!