1500/400 Shaking Off A Little Rust
Anyway, big black cloud to the north was hanging. Meet scheduled at West Valley HS track for 6:30.
5:50 I got there but the infield was filled with about 40 (no exaggeration!) tents in preparation for Relay for Life this weekend. Not a trackster in sight.
6:05 walked into the track area and still no one but the Relay for Life people. Meanwhile, we were getting sprinkles and the wind was kicking up, so I took a long loop through the parking lot.
6:07 I split over to Lathrop HS, about 4-5 miles away, thinking that they moved the meet. No one there either.
6:21 head back to West Valley
6:33 All of 5 people jogging the infield: 2 lawyers, Jim and Dave; 2 recent college grads Einar and Chris; and Pat, an elderly fixture on the local running circuit--doing his first meet since high school!
6:42 After a quick 1 mile warm up with a couple of strides thrown in we line up for the 1500. Our biggest concern is a baby (<1 yr old) with a mohawk who kept crawling out onto the track on the far turn. Chris and Einar took it out fast over the first 100, and I settled into an uncomfortable 3rd. 75.1 (too fast) for the first lap, and 2:34 at 800 (2nd lap too slow). I was feeling it on the third 3:53 (also too slow) and measured an increasing stride rate over the last 300 to finish in 4:50.5 Not exactly earth shattering but as of this week it would 5th for Mastersrankings.com at 1500 m and a surprise 84.6% for World Masters Association age grading.
Considering I wasn't even running 2.5 months ago. Okay, I'll take it.
Einar, Chris, Dave, Jim, and Pat duked it out in the 800 and I jumped into the 400 while Jim timed. This was my first 400 in 12 years. Yes I've slowed (55s as an open runner; 60 or 61 at 40), but my excuse is no speed work so far this year and I'll stick to it until next week! A blazing 65.6.
We wrapped up just when the rain came, with Einar, Chris, and Pat running all five events.
This is a decent start to get the speed to run sub 5 at Flint Hills Mile next month.