AM-2 mike shakeout.
PM-Race: So this meet we weren't really taking it too easy training wise, but just to work hard in teh week and then to run with whatever we had left. I had planned, if Coach didn't say anything, to try and push the pace and make it a quick race. When disucssing the race plan with Coach, he said that I wasn't allowed to lead atleast until a mile to go, so my plan was to just chill until then and then react to any moves. Warmed up with Danny and Clayton, had a good start, and then just fit myself in the pack. The race didn't feel very quick. We were running about 68-69 seconds per lap, and I just stayed in the middle of the pack. I wanted to move up, but knew there was no point early on. At 3k or so, the pacer stepped off. I stayed in the same place. At 5k we were 14:18, which was slower than I wanted, but I stayed patient. The pace was all over the place. I got right behind Clayton after 5k. It felt very familiar to be right behind him, and I'm used to his pacing, so it felt easy running behind him. At 8 laps to go, I didn't think we would run my goal time of 28:20, especially after we ran a 70 on lap 17 or 18. When Clayton heard this, he went to the front, and I followed. When he got up there, he looked around, and then took the lead and pushed the pace. I went with him, but was being thrown around for a bit by other runners. After that I just stayed on Clayton's tail. I wanted to pass him, but wasn't sure if I could continue dropping the pace. As every lap went on, I felt better and better. With a lap to go, the announcer said we had a gap on the field, so I looked back. I then tried to get on Clayton's outside and pass him, but he kept the pace quick, and with about 50m to go, I passed him. I could tell he wasn't sprinting all out because he never has problems responding in practice and I was right. He was smiling as if it was a workout.
Fun race, it was cool to get the win, even if it meant Clayton wasn't kicking hard. 5 mile cool down afterward