35 years ago: December 1978
I started running in during my freshman year at Billerica High school . The first two races were indoor track meets, and I ran the mile in both races. I travelled with the team to Falmouth for the Falmouth Invitational on December 10 and ended up running my first “indoor track” race on the OUTDOOR track. I guess they wanted the meet to go faster so they held the mile and two-mile outside. I got third place in my heat of the mile running 5:24. Two weeks later I took four seconds off of my PR running a 5:20 in a dual meet against Central at the Methuen field house.
25 years ago: December 1988
I only raced once during this month, I’m not sure why. I was training okay (354 miles for the month) but must not have found any races I wanted to do. My one race was the Mill City Relay where I ran the 2nd leg which at the time was a 6.6 mile. I’m not sure of exactly where it went and I’m not even sure what team I ran for. I noted in my training log that my team took second place in 2:28:03 behind the Greater Lowell Road Runners who ran 2:25:27. I was racing for GLRR, so maybe I was on a “B” team? I ended up running 33:30 for 6.6 miles or 5:05 pace.