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Post by EugeneRunner on Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:42 pm

My achilles have been a wreck, keeping me from doing any training for almost 2 months. Now I'm scheduled for exploratory surgery in 2 weeks, so that will end my running for a while longer. But I was organizing a masters mile at Hayward Field, run as part of the Pepsi Dual meet between Oregon and Arizona. I couldn't pass up racing myself.

Since I knew my time was going to be slow no matter what, I decided to just have fun. The best way to have fun in a race is start slow and finish strong. It was quite windy, so sitting back in the pack made sense anyway. The two favorites pulled away early, and I tucked in the 5th spot. By the 1/2 mile I had was up to 4th, and decided it was only fair to do my share breaking the wind, so I moved up on the turn. I ran the last two laps pretty solid, and easily pulled away for 3rd overall. My splits were 78, 78, 76, 76, for 5:08.01 for a full mile. That was my slowest mile since freshman year in high school, but just a couple weeks away from my 47th birthday, and off no training, it really wasn't bad. The crowd (announced at 5,000+ but likely much less, especially during the masters races) was quite appreciative and supportive, which is a nice perk of racing in Eugene, Oregon.
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Re: Track Mile at Hayward Field

Post by DonSoule on Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:14 pm

Well done !! Achilles a wreck - no training = 3rd Place  Very Happy 

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Re: Track Mile at Hayward Field

Post by Dave Tuttle on Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:27 am

WOW!! A "slow" 5:08:01 mile... In my dreams!

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Re: Track Mile at Hayward Field

Post by Rachel August on Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:39 am

Amazing times!!!! Hope your surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery!

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Re: Track Mile at Hayward Field

Post by twal on Mon Apr 07, 2014 7:54 pm

I would love to run on the Hyaward Field track but I would hate to get lapped in a mile.

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Re: Track Mile at Hayward Field

Post by Sumorunner on Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:27 pm

[quote="twal"]I would love to run on the Hyaward Field track but I would hate to get lapped in a mile.[/quote]

Shoot! I'd get lapped in the 400 by those guys.

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Re: Track Mile at Hayward Field

Post by Gary E on Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:52 pm

Absolutely fantastic. What are you going to do if you ever get 100% healthy...and well trained. Congratulations are in order.
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