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I think I'll make a big thread with reports from my meets so I can easily look back throughout the year.<br><br>
Thursday, March 20th<br><br>
Neilsville <b>120m</b> indoor meet-absolute ridiculous turns, my feet slipped off the platforms of my T5s on the corners...wish I would've worn track flats instead.<br><br>
First up, 1600m, 13 1/2 laps of hell. Some kid went out crazy the first like 4 laps and I finally decided I'd go sit on his shoulder. Well after about 20m of that he was already dying. I decided to just take the lead and do my thing. I'm really glad the officials counted laps for me since I lost count in my head after like 10. My forearms were burning like crazy, I am definitely not used to swining my arms that fast for that long, but hey it's the first race. No clue on splits and I'm glad I didn't know them since my computation skills were serverly hindered by the strange distance. I just kept pushing on, and I guess one kid was a few seconds back once I finished, but ever since I passed the rabbiter, I lead the whole way.<br><br>
5:10, 7 seconds faster than on the same track last year and 6 seconds off my incredibly weak 1600m PR.<br><br><br>
Next up, about 30 minutes later was the 800m, 6 3/4 laps. I took the lead from the gun and kept it the whole way. The kid who took 2nd in the 1600m was sort of close the whole time, but I think I still beat him by a good 2 or 3 seconds. Felt really strong and just solid, no spectacular kick or anything, but I did have enough to pick it up for the last lap. I can't wait to see how fast I can run one outdoor.<br><br>
2:19, I think 8 seconds faster than same place last year, and 7 seconds off my fastest 800m, but that was a 4x8 split, so actually 6 seconds off my best open 8.<br><br>
I am excited to see what I can do once I get on an outdoor track, because they corners took a lot out of me. It's good to see how much I've improved since last year, but sub 4:30 and sub-2 are still way the hell out there. I'll do my best to shorten that gap as much as possible! <img alt="icon_salut.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_salut.gif">
 

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Man, Alex, way to hold that positive attitude! You were out in front (most of) the entire way on that 1600? That's too cool.<br><br>
Nice going buddy. You are going to <b>kick</b> <b>ass</b> this track season.
 

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That is one short indoor track! Awesome stuff Alex!
 

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Great job Alex - Two spectactular performances. You are going to have a great year.
 

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That's really good for your first rack race of the year, and on such a short indoor track. Once you get outside on a regular length track with a few race under your belt, you're gonna start reaping the benefits of your increased mileage this winter.
 

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Alex - THanks for sharing - Continue to post no matter the result.<br><br>
I think this year, like last - You will peak toward the end of the season.<br><br>
Sounds like a positive 1st meet - Something to build positive momentum<br><br>
Which meet is the 1st outdoor meet or invitational?
 

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Nice job on the 1600 and 800. I just wish I was that fast. You are going to go sub 5 in the mile for sure this year. Keep up the great running.
 

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All this racing has me excited. Sadly our meet this week is cancelled because they thought the snow would still be around, but our track is almost completely melted off now. I suppose it's better that I just rest and get back to training a bit anyways.<br><br>
Next meet - April 10th for a home meet. First meet on our new track!
 

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Well here I go, April 14th, our first not-cancelled outdoor meet. I'm sort of glad we missed the first 3 since we have a ridiculous amount of races to begin with, but I wasn't glad that one of our two home meets would be cancelled, especially since the next one is really close to Regionals so I doubt I'll run super hard. It was definitely cool to see some of the teachers and other people who normally don't go to track meets there to support us.<br><br>
The running events started 20 mins early so I didn't get quite as much of a warmup in as I wanted, but I still managed to get about 15 mins or so of accumulated time. Then on went the Pumas for some striders. They felt great but once I got on the track, the spike in the middle of my foot felt like a pressure point, so I hurried back over to our bags and had a teammate help me get them out, after that I felt great. I knew I'd have a great race but I wasn't sure what to expect since I ran an open 1600m about once last year. First 400 in 69, a bit fast but at least nothing too outrageous I guess. Next lap was way slower than that because we were through 800 in 2:25. I was just content to sit on 1st places shoulder though. Once the 3rd lap came I knew I had to start pushing, I don't remember the time, but on the 4th lap I had a few steps on him and hammered away with 300 to go. Ended up beating the kid by a few steps with a 4:50. 14 second PR and the win, I'll take it! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Now I had about a 45 min-hour long break. After chatting it up with a good teacher friend of mine I went out for my cool down, stretched out and relaxed. With the 800m runners finishing, I decided I'd run around a bit more, since I still had about 10 heats of 200s to wait through. Got another 10 min jog in, hopped over to try my other pair of spikes that I had brought, and they felt great, not to mention they looked cool as heck. So did my other ones, but wearing the Ethiopian colors brought out the Geb in me <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> so I was running proud. After lots of striders and satnding around, we were ready to go, boys/girls cobined 3200m run. I couldn't believe how clam and confident I was going into this race, the other people looked all jittery and had that nervous talk going but I just stood there and took it all in, this race would be mine. I led the first lap, 76. Glad I had some control and didn't hammer out a 70 or something. It felt really comfy but then again, the first lap always does. Then another kid hopped up in front and my legs were feeling it from the 16, so I knew I wasn't going to have a blazing time. I sat on his should for the next 5 laps, we came through the 16 in 5:16 I remember. That is one of the few things that ticks me off, I hate positive splitting. Once there was 800 to go I kicked it down and put in a surge to get ahead of him. With 600 to go I started hammering down even more, and in the bell lap I knew I had gapped him but I still wanted to keep pushing. All arms here, when the legs fail you gotta pump the arms all that much harder. Try to keep everything in a straight line, keep your head up, and push until it feels like you can't any harder. Then once you get to that last 50m, you push even harder. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> 10:43.8. I guess it's a decent time sicne I was runnign more for the win than anything but last year my opening outdoor was a 10:56 and I was hoping to be much faster than that. I'm still pleased with my earlier performance though, and I suppose that took away a bit from my 3200.<br><br>
Well that's it for now, lol sorry for the length. Next meet is the County Invitational next Tuesday. There will be some good competition there in the 1600 and 3200, so I'm unsure which I'll do, or maybe try both again...who knows? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Sweet Sassy Molassey! That's some nice racing!
 

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Congrats on the 1600 PR, Alex. Add the 9 meters (~2 seconds) and you just broke 5:00 mile! Awesome.<br><br>
What is your 3200 or 2 mile PR? I imagine that is going down this year too.<br><br>
I'm impressed with your relaxation for this meet. Bottle that up and use it again.
 
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