|Coming into the homestretch - Emory Invitational|
400m - 55.72
I had lane 8, a bad lane on this wide radius track. I was in a mixed heat, some fast and some real slow... typical for a large DIII meet. I got an OK start and the 2 fast guys in my heat in lane 6 and 7 passed me on the back stretch. I felt pretty comfortable coming into the home stretch slightly behind two guys and way ahead of 2 others... the heat winner was long gone, 35m+ ahead (finishing in 51). I thought I might have a shot at a better time, but my last 20m wasn't very strong. I didn't suffer a lot in this race and feel I can go faster under better conditions, Mondo track, better lane, no wind. I don't want to jinx myself, but I really think this could be the yr I finally break 55.
Nevertheless, my 55.72 was faster than any time I ran 2 yrs ago in '14, and I only ran faster 3 times last season - at Nationals and Worlds. Overall, it was a respectable start to the season and by far the fastest time outdoors in the World in M55.
Next weekend is Vanderbilt and I'm already registered. The 200m is Friday evening and the 400m is Sat afternoon. That gives me just 2 training days this week - Monday and Wednesday. Probably will do tempo on Monday and maybe 150s on Wed. Usually do weights Monday night but I may skip it this week.
Added a few more meets to my schedule.