Conditions were perfect at Penn Relays where I ran to an 11th place 29:25. Bob Hodge took third place running 28:29. My splits were: 4: 39/9: 21/14: 00/18: 42/23: 30/28: 17. The 29:25 broke my school record from 1985. It would stand for 26 years, before being smashed by Jeff Veiga who ran 29:07.76 in 2013.
From Bob Hodge’s blog: The plantar fascia was bothersome particularly in the heal area. As I warmed up for my race at Penn, I was limping through my strides until my heal warmed/numbed up sufficiently. In those days the track at Penn was hard and a 10k in spikes was tough on the feet and lower legs. When the gun sounded a large field sprinted out. As the runners on the outside broke from the stagger they slowed as no one seemed willing to take the lead. I took it and led nearly the entire race. I was passed in the last 200m by JP Nadyasanga of Belgium, but nearly caught him back in the straight just before Troy Billings got by me on the other side. I was third and very pleased with my race, my second fastest 10k.
Hodgie’s training diary from that week:
6m run p.m.
7m run a.m.
7m run a.m.
4m run p.m.
5m run a.m.
8m run p.m.
5m run p.m.
My training log from the same week:
8m in the morn alone
1m warm-up then Apple Orchard 8
5m in morn in 32 min. 8 hour van ride then 3 fast at night in Phillie
3 warm-up, 1 mile of strides, 2 warm-down.
Shedd Park 8 in 55 min.
Pink Church 10 in 65