Another solid two-week block of training with a really good 5K race yesterday. Ran 17:44 (5:42 pace) at the Ohio City Run & Crawl road race for 6th overall and 4th in 40-49 (damn, us old guys are competitive). I was only 3 seconds off my masters PR in less than ideal conditions. At race time it was about 85F and humid and while the course was flat, there were a lot of twists and turns through a residential neighborhood. Anyway I ran a solid even paced race, going out in 5:42 and easing slightly in mile 2 before blasting a nice negative split final mile where I caught a group of three guys I had been zeroing in on since just after the mile mark. Other than the race, I did a couple of solid 6 x 1000 sessions and back to back medium long runs in 95F heat while on vacation in North Carolina. I suppose the heat training there helped me with yesterday's race. Next up is a 5 mile road race on July 4 and a 2 mile track race on July 13.
2007 USA Indoor 3,000m champion Matt Tegenkamp set an American record in front of a standing room only crowd Sunday at the 2007 Nike Prefontaine Classic at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., which is the fourth event of USA Track & Field's 2007 Outdoor Visa Championship Series.
Tegenkamp finished third in men's two mile race in the American record time of 8 minutes 7.07 seconds, which betters the previous American standard of 8:11.48 set here in 2005 by Alan Webb. Tegenkamp was led to the finish line by Australia's Craig Mottram, who won the race in 8:03.50, which is the sixth-fastest performance all-time in the two-mile. Ethiopia's Tariku Bekele was the runner-up in 8:04.83, which is the eighth-fastest time ever.
Alan Webb takes down Bernard Lagat and Craig Mottram with a lethal kick in the last 200!
A pretty solid week after my 5 mile race last Saturday. 45 miles total. My two key workouts were a nice session of 6 x 1000 in 3:41 with 60 second 200 meter jogs for rest breaks in 85-degree heat on Wednesday and a 12 miler with the second half at tempo effort on the dirt trails in Mastick Woods on Saturday. Even though the trails in the woods are pretty shady, it was super hot -- about 90 or so. Nothing like summer running in the humid Midwest, eh? Gearing up for a 5 mile race on July 4 and a 2 mile evening track race in Ann Arbor, Mich on July 13. Will be fun to break out the spikes for that one.