I was surprised that it was even that fast, considering the circumstances and my weight (145+). This was the only 400m race that I've ever got physically sick after. Good thing I didn't eat this morning, had a few dry heaves, but then was ok. My warmup only consisted of a half mile jog to the mens room and that was about it. Normally, I like to warm up, do a few striders up to race speed, then chill out for a while before I race. Not today. Despite the unpleasant feeling it was a good workout.
These 'post season' races overall were not particularly rewarding or fast. In a way, probably a set back to the rather aggressive weight training program I had begun and foundational (longer distance) running.
Forward .... thoughts
I was chatting with a collegiate distance runner who was volunteering as a timer. He agreed with what everyone says about the 400m race ... it's a bitch, probably the most painful event in track. Today, it reminded me that the path I've taken is a tough one, if I am to race at the level I want to.
I understand so few people my age have essentially no understanding for why I work so hard for this, and I'm fine with that. To follow the 'path of least resistance' and to 'enjoy life' ... like many people through daily base indulgences in rich food, booze, pot, sedentary lifestyle, etc... It's a trend - Americans are getting fatter and less healthy. It would be sooooo bloody easy to live like that. I have been there and done that. Not that I won't enjoy these things from time to time, but to live like that? That lifestyle is not the way I want to enter old age. I'm definitely a lone wolf in my area. Track, like most of my pursuits has been a solitary endeavor. I've never been one to train with music in my ears and rarely with company. There is a meditative quality to training, the rhythm of the pace, the breath, heart beat, the air rushing past, the sunset, the sweat, and after the pain... the endorphin high, that wonderful feeling of 'getting it done.'
There are a few things I need to change. I really need to stop consuming so much sugar. Just ordered some green tea which I drink without sugar. There is no need to binge on rich food just because I'm not racing. Yes, some carbs for muscle building are OK... but it's so hard to get to race weight, getting off those last 5 lbs is hard if I'm ballooning up 10 lbs in the off season.
Also, I want to acknowledge those of you who read my ramblings on this blog. A few hundred people per week visit this blog, including some regular readers, in total - readers from 19 countries. It's good to know I have some like-minded brothers out there, willing to take this path less traveled.
“Failure I can live with. Not trying is what I can’t handle!” - Sanya Richards-Ross