By Darius Terry
Day 1: Jim Bush Invitational 1500m
I had set myself up for a busy weekend of racing: I entered both the 1500m run at the Jim Bush Invitational and the State Street Mile. With these two races within the span of 17 hours, I knew that my race tactics would play a major role in the outcome of my races. The 1500m at the Jim Bush was slated for a 5:45pm start time on Saturday, June 3rd.
1500m races tend to be aggressive and crowded at the start, so I decided to tuck in the first lap, running in the back half of the field so the other competitors could jostle for position and break the wind, while I expended as little energy as possible. After coming through 800m at 2:00 flat, I moved myself up into the top 3 and remained there leading into the final 150m of the race. I was able to pass one runner, moving into second, and was challenging for the lead the final 100m, but unfortunately I was unable to secure the victory and had to settle for 2nd place.
I was still pleased with the outcome as I ran a season best time of 3:44.57 just a few seconds away from my personal best. After my cool down, I was headed home to Santa Barbara to rest before the State Street Mile began at 10:25am on Sunday June 4.
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Day 2: State Street Mile
My body, and more importantly, legs were able to recover well from the 1500m that I ran less than 24 hours earlier; by the time the State Street Mile began, I was feeling confident and relatively fresh.
For the State Street Mile, pacing is a bit tricky because the entire race is downhill, so splits tend to be much faster than what I am used to hearing on the track. The first 400m was covered in 56 seconds, but then the pace slowed, and we came through 800m at 1:59, which is slow considering the course. Not too soon afterwards, fellow competitor David Cardona, made a strong move and the race was on. I was focused on sticking with him and I was unable to hear the 1200m split.
I began making my move. With 300m to go, I was able to pass Cardona, took over the lead and finished, winning with a time of 3:54. I was pleased with both performances over the weekend and it gave me great confidence going into my next competition, the 5,000m at the Portland Track Festival.
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