On January 28th some of the best milers in the world will converge on New York City to race the Wannamaker Mile at the Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden. 2 weeks before that I’ll be running in a much less prestigious indoor 1 mile race, but to me the lack of prestige makes it no less important. I’m hoping to repeat my outdoor performance of 4:34 last spring, and prove to myself it wasn’t just a fluke. I know running indoors is slower, but I am fairly certain I am in much better shape now than I was last June.
This time I’ll have to race without having Mike to chase down in the last 400 meters as he will sit out to rest his achilles. Hopefully I can talk some more RKR members into racing with me.
Sunday was the first indoor track meet of the series, and Mike and I entered the 3000 meter race. We were joined at the meet by Ryan who wasn’t racing but served as coach and photographer. Last year I ran the 3000 at the first meet of the series with a time of 9:35 (5:08 pace) this year was shooting for sub 9:20 (5:00 pace). Mike had the same goal and we planned to run as close to even splits as possible. If we could it 37 second laps we would be in good shape to hit our goal.
There were 14 people in our heat (the “fast” heat) as not unexpectedly a few of the younger guys jumped out to fast start, but I tried to stay relaxed and ran a 37 second first lap which had me running in 4th place. Mike was 1 GVH runner behind me at that point but we were in a tight pack so it didn’t really matter. The next 600 meters flew by right on pace, the 3 runners now ahead of me had opened up a 5-6 second gap so at 800 meters I made a move to try and close the gap but after a hard 150 meters didn’t put me up with them a settled back in to a more steady pace.
At that point Mike passed the GVH runner who he had been running behind and moved up on my shoulder. I was looking forward to him going by me so he could pull me along for a few laps, but he quickly settled back in behind me.
By 1600 meters I was still feeling pretty good. I was glad to have just 7 laps left and was right on pace with a 4:56 (4:58 mile pace). By 2000 meters the pain was really starting to settle in. With 1000 meters to go I had to run a 3:10 or better to hit my goal. I was starting to seriously doubt I could hold the pace and dangerous thoughts like “whatever happens you will run a PR” starting going through my head. Lucky at about that same time Ryan starting shouting that the lead pack was coming back to us. Sure enough, 2 of the 3 people ahead of me were starting to flag and with 800 to go I begain my final push to the finish. The grueling 6×800 meter workout Mike and I had done a few weeks ago at U of R gave me the confidence I needed to start hammering with 4 laps to go.
Mike told me after the race that he had been planning on making a move on me at 800 meters to try and steal my finishing kick, and it might have worked if I hadn’t decided to make the same move on the leaders.
With 400 meters to go Mike and I passed 2 of the 3 leaders with out much resistance. They just let us by without any fight, which was good because at that point I was running as hard as I could already.
During the bell lap I did everything I could to try and catch the leader. Despite running a 33-34 second final lap I just couldn’t reel him in.
I was able however, to run a 20 second PR and finished with a 9:15.09. Mike also ran a massive PR and finished with a time of 9:17.90, I’m not sure what his old 3000 meter PR was but I’m pretty sure it was at least 30 seconds slower than he ran Sunday. It was a great start to the indoor season for both Mike and I. My next race is the 1 mile on January 16th. Mike may or may not be running the 5000m at the Upstate Holiday Classic on Thursday Decemeber 30th. As always the River Road Running Club did a great job with the meet, getting all the races to go off smoothly and updating the results quickly. Full meet results here.
Trackkill Racing doesn’t have the same ring to it as Roadkill Racing, but for the next few months that is what we will be doing. RIT has a series of 4 open track meets that several RKR members will be racing in.
The meets are put on the River Road Running club and feature track only events 55 meters to 5000 meters. Each month in Dec, Jan, Feb, and March they choose a few different races and an occasional relay event. This is my 3rd year running in the series and they always do a great job with timing, and moving things along.
For the first meet on December 19th Mike and I are going to be racing the 3000. Last year I ran 9:35 but hope to improve on that by 15-20 seconds. We had a great 6×800 meter workout on Friday at the U of R track which is much slower than the RIT track. I’m hoping that workout translates into a good race next Sunday. Stay tuned for race results.
Nothing says cross country like beer and pizza. Maybe because xc harkens back to our college running days in a way that road racing never can. Although for me that might be a stretch since my college xc running days came at the age of 28 when I was not consuming nearly as much beer and pizza as I did my first nonrunning years of college. Either way, Roadkill Racing will be having its preseason xc kick off party on Saturday September 11th at 6 p.m. At the party we will hopefully find out how many people are actual running for RKR and which races we want to focus on. I think it is unlikely we will be able to field a team at all the races, but we should be able to compete in 3-4 out of 5. If you plan on attending please let either me or Mike know and we can get you directions to Mike’s house.
In other news, Mike and I will be running in the Fleet Feet Summerfest 12k at Mendon Ponds this coming Saturday. I am just hoping to run 5:50 pace and have it feel like a reasonable pace to be able to hold for half marathon.