I had some downtime in Nov/ Dec due to injury and illness so didn't have a ton of prep for the first meet. I set a goal of 11:15 and felt comfortable I could achieve that. They had the masters women run with the youth girls (grades 10 and 11). When I toed the line the young gal next me asked me what my time was ( I remember asking other racers the same thing back when I was that age ). I had a little laugh and told her I didn't know, I hadn't ran track in 20 years. She kindly told me that anything under 12 was really good (again, I remember thinking the same thing at that age :)). I went out with the leaders and quickly settled in second place behind a speedy gal from MAC Track. I wasn't able to stay with her but ended up running 11:00.56 which I was really happy with. Did I mention I those 11 minutes were some of the hardest racing I have done in awhile?? It was a much faster pace than I was used to!
After the first meet was done I got a little ambitious. I looked up the masters records and saw for my age group the record was 10:47. I figured that was a great goal to shoot for by March. So my plan for the meet in Feb was to pace for 10:46 and try and hold on, knowing I had another shot in March. Before this race I did an 800m speed work session just trying to hold 10:46 race pace and it was so hard! In this race they put the masters women in with the Senior women (ages 19-34). I got to race against the speedy triathlete and U of C dino Sarah McArthur. I let her go and ran my own race, sitting in second the whole time. With 3 laps to go I was right on pace so dug in and went for it and ended up finishing in 10:44.15 and getting the record. Again, for me, so fast and sooooo hard!!!
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The next day was the 3000m and after how hard the 10:44 was, and running the 1500m the day before, I definitely didn't have plans of setting a new PB. I was in with the youth women again and was once again up with the speedy gal from MAC track. I figured I would go out with her based on her previous seed time of 10:40. Well she had other plans and went out way faster than a 10:40 pace....oooops. As my son said she burned me. I eventually let her go and held on for dear life and finished with a a new PB and record in 10:40.66. I was thrilled to set a new PB!
My lessons learned from track and field as a 38 year old? I am faster and fitter than I was when I ran track from 15-21. I have defined new levels what it means to work hard in a race. I know exactly how my son feels when I'm telling him to "pick it up in the middle". It's not so great. But, I loved it, it was a lot of fun and look forward to squeezing in some races in the outdoor season.