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It looks like trouble and it tastes like chocolate

July 21, 2007

Exciting track meet for Brasschaat tonight.  13:07 5000m for a couple guys, 3:39 1500m and Alan Webb’s 3:46.91 American record in the mile.

I ran a PB in the 1500m of 3:40.38 and finished 5th in the race. The winner was 3:39.6 or so. Very pleased with the outcome and I felt pretty good doing it. On the line I was second from the inside rail and 30-40 meters in the race when guys were moving inside I moved inside to… except there was no track there.  I took a step off the track and put up my hand just in time to stop my body from hitting a covered soccer bench.  I then bounced and spun back onto the track in last place doing a kind of sideways run.  So once again I found myself in DFL (dead last) in another 1500m on the first lap.  This time I was smart enough not to make up the deficit on the first lap and slowly made my way up into 4th or 5th place.  With 400 to go I was in striking distance of the leaders and was feeling good.  I tried to move on them but I couldn’t make up much and then the last 100m I was holding on.  I saw 3:40 when I crossed the line so I pretty much knew right away I had a PB.  29, 58, 127, 157, 227, 256, 325, 340 (29.39, 29.40, 29.12, 29.58, 29.65, 29.35, 29.06, 14.69) pretty even splits.  Flotrack was there to cover the race so hopefully we can see the run into the soccer bench.  hilarious.  You can see me hit the bench but the bench blocks the view of my sideways running and then I come out from behind the bench and I’m a couple steps behind last place.

The 5000m was awesome with Geneti and Cragg going 13:07 but was overshadowed by Alan Webb’s Mile.  He ran a bunch of 55’s and 56’s to run 3:46.91.  Second place was 3:56.  Gillis ran 13:40.9 for a PB in the 5000m. 

these pics didn’t uplaod that well and the clock should read 3:46.91 (not .93)

record pic

3rd lap

Cragg and Ritz in 5000m

Full results for Atletiek Vlaanderen in Brasschaat

  1. Martin permalink
    July 21, 2007 6:25 pm

    Great job. Good luck next week.

  2. Skuj permalink
    July 22, 2007 8:39 pm

    That’s CRAZY what happened to you there – but great recovery! Love your blog, Reid.

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