River Rivals – 08/07/12
For the first time this season I headed to the River Rivals track meet without Dan, he will return next week. I decided that it was time to drop down to some shorter races and see if I could break some of my master’s personal bests (PR). My plan was to run (in order) the 800 meters, 400 meters, and the mile. There would be a bunch of heats of the 200 between my first two races but I’d be lucky to run a mile between the 400 and my heat of the mile.
I rolled into Amesbury and paid my $5 entry fee (great bargain) and headed out for an easy 3 mile warm-up. I was still feeling a bit tired from travel and racing in
and also nervous about running the shorter races. No excuses today, I’d be fresh for the 800 so I wanted to run “fast”. I put on some light racing flats and did another mile and strides then had some extra time waiting for the 2 mile to finish so I put in another easy mile of running. A solid 5 mile warm-up (plus 6m at lunch) and I was as loose as possible for the 800. Chicago
There was only one heat and a very small group gathered on the line. I took the lead right from the start and beat up on a field of girls and 6-13 year old boys J I hit the 400 in a fast (for me) 70.4 which is actually faster than I’ve run an all-out 400 as a master. The second 400 was tough and I’m sure my form was crap but I carried myself over the line in 2:22.7 (72.3) for a new masters PR (by 2.2 seconds). I changed into a different (lighter) pair of race flats and headed around the track for another 2 miles of easy running while the heats of the 100 were run.
There were a few heats of the 400 so I had plenty of time to get nervous. I haven’t raced a 400 since High School and my masters PR (from a track workout) was 1:11. The young guys lining up all looked very fast. I drew lane one which was a nice spot to watch the race unfold ahead of me. The gun went off and I did my best to not fall all over myself. I hit 200 in 32.6 (which is faster than I raced 200 earlier this year) and almost caught one guy as I hit the finish in 68.1 (34.5). I had to chuckle a bit, I was surprised to PR by so much (nearly 3 seconds).
They had a women’s heat of the mile so I had enough time to change into my heavier racing flats (third pair of the night) and head around the track for another mile. I was feeling tired, damn it is weird that less than ¾ of a mile could be so tiring! Temperatures were decent (low 80’s) and by this time the entire track was shaded. If I ran over 5:10 I’d be disappointed.
We had a decent sized group line up including a couple of the High School kids who’d run well in the 400. Bam! They were off like a shot for the first 100m, but then drastically slowed when reality hit. I tried to gauge how fast I was going, it seemed slow but not super slow (and everything felt slower after doing the shorter races). They called out “79” at the quarter mile. Yikes! Too slow!! I passed 409 meters (the mile is four 400 meter laps plus 9 meters) in 81.1. Dan and I have gone out faster than that in the 2 mile. I upped the tempo a bit and ran the next lap in 77.0. It felt pretty difficult. The next 400 was about the same (77.1) and I knew I’d need to kick to break 5:10. I managed a 74.1 for the last lap and crossed the line in 5:09.3 for first place.
I headed out for another 1.5 warm-down and was wiped out. I guess the shorter faster stuff really can take a toll. All in all it was a good night, two first places and two new master’s PRs. Next up: The New Hampshire 4 mile championships in Epsom on Sunday. I’m hoping the speed will help me toward a sub 22 minute time.