Sunday, October 16, 2016

Meet report - Chattanooga district meet

It was a good last tuneup meet for me before the WMAC in Perth, and I'm happy that my foot held up ok, and I ran some decent times.   The blue GPS track in Chattanooga is a good surface and an IAAF configured track.  It was a bit breezy and pushing 80º when the sun finally broke through.

200m - 24.92 (h) 
400m - 55.99 (h)

I wasn't going to run the 200m, but I thought it would be good training, and it was first.  Both races went OK, but I played it a bit conservatively.  Didn't want to get hurt or rig up in the 400m.  Definitely more left in the tank.   Both races, I had outside lanes and never saw anyone through the whole race.  Small meet, they ran age groups together.  I decided to wear my Nike Team USA uniform.  (It's the USA Olympic uniform from London '12.  Thanks to USATF).

Not a great or aggressive start but it felt OK.   From lane 4, I accelerated to full speed around the 120m mark, but relaxed toward the end and coasted across the finish.  Was about 25m ahead of Jack, a new M60 guy who ran a PR 27 low.  (Heh .... listen to the comment from the starter at the end of the video).

From lane 6, never saw anyone, and my start was much better (than the 200m). I played it a little conservatively and hit the 300m mark about .5 to 1 sec off my usual 40 flat split.  But the last 100m felt good, no rigging, and not terribly painful, (unlike a few races I've run this season).  It was decent execution but not pushing to the edge.  I finished before the rest of the older field turned the corner to the home straight, about 100m ahead of 2nd.  This time was about the same time I ran 2 weeks before the Jacksonville Nationals last year (56.23 FAT).  So, I think I'm fairly ready.

The foot was definitely sore afterward but not too painful during the race.  I was able to use my regular meet spikes without socks and with the Rock-tape and pad.

I was very happy to share the meet with Roya (W55) who won both the 100m and 50m races against some women who were in the younger age group.

She's a natural.  Look at this form, and she doesn't even train...  16.50 in the 100m.

Roya Wins Two Gold Medals

I also was inspired to see 90 yr old sprinter Charlie Baker run multiple events. Amazing.

With M90 sprinter, Charlie Baker

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