Damn. Not a great lane draw for the Vanderbilt Invitational. Lane 5 in the 200m with no one outside of me, and Lane 8 in the 400m. Lane 8 ! I've never run in lane 8. It's going to feel weird, especially running that long final turn with everyone passing me.
This is a very fast field of 400m runners. I'm the slowest seed ... by more than 2 seconds. Of the 27 total in the 400m, 23 have seed times below 49.2. There will be two guys seeded at 49 in my heat. Certainly won't be running blind for long. I'm the second slowest seed in the 200m.
I definitely will hit the track tonight and try out lane 8. I never run in lane 8 when training, except sometimes when doing warmup laps. Starting way out there, almost halfway around the first turn will at least be less turn to run.
The 200m is on Friday evening and the 400m on Sat. afternoon. A great schedule, however... rain is possible Sat. - a 30% chance. It's forecast to be cool - in the low 60sº.
Lane 8 ... it's still 400m. K. James won the '11 NCAA 400m Championship from lane 8 in 45.10. Lane 5 isn't so bad for the 200m. Flo-jo set the womens 200m World Record in lane 5 ... which still stands today, 24 yrs later.