Geez! This kind of racing is a whole different ball game.
Today I ran the mile here in Albuquerque. It was clear that the top two guys were in their own world, so I quickly realized that I should be aiming for the bronze medal. Ran with a pack of 5 guys all obviously thinking the same thing. After several laps of running together, I honestly felt like I was the strongest runner in the group and had a great chance at third. But with about 300 meters to go one of the guys shot to the front of our pack and kept the hammer down. I was the only one who went with him and we had a pretty good duel down the final back stretch. He outkicked me for the bronze though. Bummer.
Really enjoyed the intensity of track racing this weekend and I think I will be a better runner because of it. This meet was a great experience. Watching all the 90 year olds compete was very inspiring. And watching 70 year olds run 6 minute miles was just crazy.