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I finally indulged my desire to dabble in a track race at the weekend. 37 may be getting a bit long in the tooth to make your 1500m debut, and I'd been scarcly doing any training in the few weeks leading up to the meet thanks to a knee injury, but having pre-entered I figured I may as well run. I'd skipped on the 5000m that I had been planning on doing as well due to lack of fitness, and so my public humiliation would be confined to three and three quarter laps.<br><br>
I swear I have never been more nervous leading up to a race as this...I was one of three senior men running, and there were 4 under 20's in the same field. The heavens had opened leading up to the race, leading to a delay in the programme (you mean you can't run in the rain??? I never knew that...) and conditions were blustery and dry by the time we lined up. The seemingly endless sucession of junior races weren't helping the nerves any, and I was glad to eventually be called to the start line, my neophyte status obvious from the road shoes even before I admitted to never having raced on the track before!<br><br>
My plan was to sit at the back of the group and see what happened...tactics born of ignorance. Off went the gun, and the first 300m were passed in 53s, and i was at the back with 2 of the under 20's, the rest of the field pretty well stretched out. Somewhere on the second lap the elastic snapped and seemingly in the space of a few seconds I was 10m adrift and still with 800m to go. Lap 3 was hard, but I'd been expecting that,and I hit the bell in 3:42 still off the back. Along the back straight I started to dig in seriously and started to catch up on the kid in front, who was looking over his shoulder and digging in as well, so even though I never caught him, he sure knew I was there! A final blast down the home straight and just missed out on sub 5, finishing in 5:02, which as better than I'd been expecting given my lack of preparation. Third out of 3 in the senior race earned me a bronze medal, the race being won overall in 4:28 by one of the juniors, first senior in 4:44.<br><br>
An interesting experience, and I was still readjusting my mind to not having 3 miles to make up a gap when the race was all over! Once it had stopped hurting I was already planning a re-run next year, hopefully off more solid training than this year. I was also pleasently surprised at the friendliness of the other competitors, as track runners have a bit of an elitist reputation, but at least for this group that was way off the mark.<br><br>
Sub 5 or bust!!
 

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I don't think I have ever met an elitist runner out of high school, the high schoolers themselves are a different story sometimes though. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
All post-school runners I have ever met have always been super friendly and a blast to talk to, and I'm glad you got to meet some people like that too. That's quite the time as well. Keep up the good work and next year maybe a double of 1500/5000???<br><br>
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Although its sounds fun and you are curageous - I don't think I would like it. I will leave the track for those young studs and for training.<br><br>
Congrats on a nice race
 

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Thanks guys - I'd definetely like to have a crack at the double. After all if El G can do it so can I!<br>
Tips...feel free to ask but I can give you lots of tips on how not to prepare! I had a very nice trainnig plan though<img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 
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