First, I have to thank Jake and Andrea for putting this together and their sponsor Saucony for sending official race numbers! I like that level of local support for the running community.
Second, I have to thank Jake and Andrea for being so awesome. It was fun warming up and cooling down with both of them and I really look forward to seeing their perfromances in the trails. I rooting for both of you!
The day started fine. I slept in a little and got ready and ran down to the Highland High track (~1.5 mi). I then did some laps with Jake, Andrea and then Chad R. After that a number of other people showed up and it was great getting to meet a bunch of new people and seeing a few old faces. I even got to chat some with Allie and Paul. Both it had been too long.
The race started fine except my time off the track was obvious. I went out WAY too fast. My first 200m was in 36 sec. The next 400m was still too fast 78 sec and then I finally fell into rhythm but by then it was too late. I hit three nice 400m in a row 81, 82 and 83 but then fell apart. Total splits and don't ask me why I did the 200m first instead of last :)...
36, 78, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 86, 87, 89, 91 (YUCK!), 90 and 85
Total time was 17:40.57 HR 187
I was pushing but both the time off the track and my inconsistent training were obvious. Overall though it was a great experience. It was fun being on the track again. It was nice seeing Jake run even if he just missed his mark. It was great seeing Andrea get a PR. I wish I wouldn't have gone out like an idiot though and been able to have more of a race at least I hope I was a good target to help pull her along. I think she passed me at about the half way. ACorn also passed me soon after but I just did not have it in the tank to go with them. Hopefully next time on the track I'll be a little more controlled off the line.
After the run we did a loop around the park and then I ran home. The girls came to cheer us on and that was nice. Kaitlyn even did some running and both girls got race numbers. Sandra gave me my splits and cheered us on in the "dark corner" of the track with Paul and his kids as well.
All and all a great experience and thanks again! Especially for the cold chocolate milk at the end. I looked back and the last time I did a track time trial was June of 2007. It was a 17:45 (solo) but at least today was faster. Prior to that it was October 2004 in 17:31 and that was at sea level so I would say I'm pretty consistent so thanks for getting me out there.