200m - 25.17
400m - 56.11
I knew the conditions were good, and this was the best track I might run on til Nationals, so I just misjudged my pace and came up short. Too fast to sustain. With the amount of rigging I felt in the 400m (John says I was almost reduced to walking speed by the end)... I'm surprised it was as fast as it was... 56.11 - a time that still would have won Nationals in Jacksonville, faster than any race I ran last yr prior to Nationals. Leads me to believe I was on a PR pace... until 350m (as many substandard 400s turn out when rigging occurs). Same deal in the 200m. I think I often underestimate my speed at the beginning of races, when it feels easy, thinking I should be pushing harder. Then it bites me in the ass, literally ... in the end. Those glutes were burnin'. Running 55.72 last week felt so much easier. At least I did not finish last in either race (heh - second to last is better than last).
The 200m was really disappointing, coming off an indoor 24.65. I felt light, fit, confident. I weighed about 141.5 at race time. I thought for sure I had it together for a fast race. I think I was too influenced by the 3 fast guys in my heat (22.5) that smoked me on the turn and led me to run a bit too fast on the turn. They had me by 10m by the 100m mark. That's to be expected in a DI meet. I didn't feel the tightness til about 20m before the end. That's when I lost time. I knew it wouldn't be fast.
The 400m started out ok, I thought I was being conservative until I passed the split clock in 25 something. I came off the final turn shoulder to shoulder with another runner and I put the effort in too soon and was toast in the last 30m. If I had conserved a bit more down the backstretch, it would have been a better result. The fatigue seemed to grab ahold quickly on the home stretch. At 100m, I felt as calm as a walk in the park, my mouth wasn't even open to breathe. Even at 200m, I felt ok. Should have relaxed more into the homestretch and expended less effort. Oh well. Fortunately, I did beat one guy.
Next meet is 2 weeks. Its a DIII meet at Berry and they have a new track. It's not Mondo like Vandy, but may be able to yield some good times. Then, the next Friday in Sewanee. I guess I'll dive back into training on Monday. Maybe I'll do the volume workout that got me primed for Nationals. It was 600, 600, 400, 400 w/ 3 min rest + 4x200m w/ 1 min rest. I thought about taking some time off but... it's track season.... !!! See how I feel tomorrow.