I did a light workout on Monday and then on Wednesday at the track I did a couple of quarters at race pace and some long strides. So after a pretty easy week leading into the race I felt great apart from the fact that I was sitting around for so long as we arrived on Tuesday night and I didn't get to race until Saturday afternoon. I guess that is something that I have to adapt to and learn how to keep myself from becoming lethargic.
I was in the second heat so we were able to see how quick the first heat was and what time we would have to run to qualify as a fastest loser. As I said earlier 5 automatically advance to nationals from each race, then the next 2 fastest. In the first heat 7th place was 13.52 so we knew that if 7th place was quicker than that time then 7 would advance from the second heat. As soon as our race started, there was no messing around! The pace was set early on and it was there to stay. We were basically hitting 65.xx the whole race. With a lap to go I turned round to find that there was five of us that had broken away and we had a comfortable gap back to 6th place, so I thought that as 5 automatically advance then nobody would thrown down any huge kicks. Well I thought wrong and it seemed that people really wanted to kick hard on the last lap. I just decided not to kick too hard but just to run with the guys so I didn't get dropped. I finished in 4th with a time of 13.34.83 which I am very pleased with as it felt pretty easy.
Results (from my heat)
1 Lawi Lalang FR Arizona 13:30.64Q
2 Mohammed Ahmed SO Wisconsin 13:34.23Q
3 Joe Bosshard SO Colorado 13:34.44Q
4 Thomas Farrell SO Oklahoma State 13:34.83Q
5 Diego Estrada JR Northern Arizona 13:35.03Q
6 Ross Millington SO New Mexico 13:36.39q
7 Nicholas Kipruto JR New Mexico 13:41.90q
8 Landon Peacock SR Wisconsin 13:42.90
9 George Alex JR Oklahoma 13:47.72
10 Kevin Burnett JR Texas A&M 13:57.91
11 Jim Walmsley JR Air Force 14:00.17
12 Jeff Schirmer SR Southern Illinois 14:01.97
13 Alfred Kipchumba JR Portland 14:02.82
14 Brendan Gregg JR Stanford 14:09.18
15 Patrick Kimeli SO Texas A&M-CC 14:14.04
16 Barry Britt JR Idaho 14:17.45
17 Kevin Williams SO Oklahoma 14:18.25
18 Luke Puskedra JR Oregon 14:19.22
19 Matt Tebo SR Colorado 14:30.74
20 Nathan Ogden SR BYU 14:34.93
21 Chase Caulkins FR Portland 14:41.18
22 Geraint Davies SO Tulsa 14:53.03
You can see the rest of the results from the other heat, lap by lap splits and the rest of the results from the meet here
The plan from now on isn't really that much. Going to make sure I recover well and then prepare for nationals which starts in 8days and my race is in 11days.
"You will never succeed beyond your wildest dreams, unless you are willing to have some wild dreams"