Last weekend I ran in the Bob Kahn Invitational. It'd been about a month and half since the Kent State Tune Up and I was excited for another track meet. This time I was running the 1500m and the 800m.
Going into the meet I knew that my speed was far from optimal. I really just wanted to put in a good effort and give myself a chance to race fast.
First race up was the 1500m. I was in the 2nd of two heats. Once the gun went off I just tried to hang on to the back of pack. We came through 400m in 70 sec. I didn't get any of my other splits for this race. I was really just focused on trying to maintain contact and not let the race get away from me. I managed to pick off one person on the last lap to finish 11th out of 13 in my heat and 21st out of 23 overall.
Next up was the 800m. Again, I was mainly trying to just run fast and hope for the best. The 800 is a tough race mentally since the optimal way to run it is to just go hard from the gun and hang in for dear life. I sprinted out the first 200m and tried to hang on to the pack but I just did not have the same kind of speed as everyone else in the race. I did manage to beat one guy, so I came in 6th out of 7 in my heat and 19th out of 20 overall.
There are no more track races on the docket for this year. I think that both of them were very good experiences and very humbling experiences. I know that I have a lot of work to do to get my speed to a level where I can run some really fast times either on the track or the roads.
Next race will be the Cleveland 10 Miler in two weeks!