Track race. Monument mile
Oh what fun! I have never done a track race before and there is an open graded mile meeting with a bit of added razzmatazz that we watched on YouTube last year when bored. It looked great. We’ll all do that next year, said Ray, Laurence and I but not Bertie or Lucy. We entered Lucy anyway. She’ll come around.
You had to give a target time. The boys says 5 mins, the girls said 7. Didn’t really have a clue at the point that I entered, but over recent weeks I have actually done some running and spent the week thinking Shite it would be embarrassing if I won by a lap! Not to worry as I got a cold earlier this week.
You have to have approved shoes these days to run a track race. My brooks trainers weren’t approved. Too much padding. Not in a go faster manner, but the soles contravened the rules as too thick. So I spent Tuesday night trying to get my xc spikrs out of my xc shoes for the first time in 12 years. I managed all but one of them frustratingly enough. Then Ray pointed out that Loz had an old pair kicking around in my size with track spikes in. Perfect.
So Lucy and I were in race 1 out of 29, the slowest. Estimated target times ranged from 6:30-8 mins. Perfect. We set off and Lucy and I were at the back immediately. Everyone caned it off. The leader went through the first (long) lap in 1:14, which is tasty for a 6:30 target. Lucy and I did 1:29. Lap 2 and we maintained pace. People were coming back to us a bit. Lap 3 and I could have over taken Lucy even though she was still going well but there was no one behind us yet and I didn’t want her to be dead last. She would either have got demoralised when she had been going well, or she would have stuck to my shoulder and been a danger in the finishing straight. Also I didn’t want to go eyeballs out with a cold. So I sat behind and predictably by the start of lap 4 she was running too fast for me to overtake again. We both beat one person though. She had a great race. She was just under 6:20 and I was just over. The winner was 5:30-ish so over shot their predicted time a little. The next 3 races were actually much slower than our winning time!
It was fun. I’d do a monument mile again if I could train and not have a cold. Spent the rest of the races trying to stop Bertie as he desperately tried to run onto the track, so he’s keen too. Would recommend. Great for the organisers who put a lot of effort in to have a sub 4 minute men’s a race. Nice work!
Coverage here if you are particularly bored. Loz was race 10, Ray was race 11, Mark Nixon must have been race 23 or 24. 29 races in all. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vqttf3jsIoM