As I watch the Lions play the Falcons I can't help but reflect on how much fun I had today down in Boston. The Mini Meets are a blast. They probably take up too much of the day, but man they are fun. Today I drove down with Cody (a former student), Greg (The GOAT), and a current student. The ride down was fun with the normal pre-race banter. The total experience is fun. I enjoy watching the fast heats and getting ready for my races. I am a lot slower than my pr's from 13 years ago, but a race is a race. When you toe the line and go for it, it's the same feeling no matter how fast (or slow) you run. I was the slowest seed time in heat 12 of the mile. I was thinking I could hit 6:20 today, but I really just wanted to be better than last week. I ran 6:27 and it hurt. There's nothing like chasing it and hearing people cheer for you. The Keene running community which consists of a lot of former Keene State runners, and of course Greg and Boj, let me hear it on every turn.
Cody, who had never raced before, broke 6 and later asked if it was normal to taste blood. We all had that copper taste from the ultra dry air. Cody and I had about 30 minutes to hack and cough before our 800 race with Boj. Despite the very short respite, I was ready to race an 800 for the first time since high school. I had real fears that I might not break 3 minutes. The gun went off and I shadowed Cody. Once again, the crowd support was awesome. Even though I was battling for the 3rd slowest 800 of the entire meet, the Keene crew cheered for me like I was in the Olympics. Very motivating, and it helped me crack 3 in 2:53. Yeah f#$#%r!
My high school athlete had an awesome day running a pr (and school record) in the 400 and a near pr in the 800. He seemed hooked and declared his intentions to race again next week. Greg won his heat in the 400 and broke 2 in the 800. Boj battled a sh*t eating cold to get a season's best in the mile, and Goup and Mac the Knight ran tough doubles.
I can't wait to chase the pain again next week! See you there.