Photo from PAUSATF - @pacific_association
By Darius Terry
Looking to bounce back after my 5K at the Portland Track Festival did not go as I had hoped, I decided to enter the PAUSATF-sponsored "Los Gatos One Mile Bang Run". The weather conditions were perfect: it was about 70 degrees and there was a slight breeze as well. The course was downhill, which reminded me of the State Street Mile I had competed in a few weeks prior. From that experience I knew I couldn't put too much emphasis on splits.
At the start, a fellow competitor was out quick, and had a significant gap on the entire field going through 400 meters, but I remained tucked in the chase pack, confident that we would reel him in. By 800 meters, the pack had surpassed the early leader, and there were about 10 competitors all in contention going into the final 400 meters. With about 300 meters to go, fellow HOKA ONE ONE Aggie Tom Poston began to make his finishing push, which I responded to along with a Strava TC athlete. I was able to pull away from both of them over the final 200 meters, opening up a lead that I would maintain to the finish line.