|8k Course Map, Paul Short|
Terribly disappointing result for the team, but I'd say I'm happy with how I ran personally. Fantastic experience to run with such a big field, 402 runners total. The course was great, pretty muddy at some parts but a beautiful day, warm and sunny. Was prepared to go through the mile in 4:50-4:55, but didn't hear where I was when I passed through the mile marker, so it was a bit surprising to see I was just 5:04, but the first 1k is gradually uphill. Started moving well right before the mile mark, and fought to get up with Kirtner. Keyed off of him for about a mile, and then pushed past when I set my eyes on Sam Lynch about 10m ahead. Took a while to get up to Sam, and was moving well in the field, then worked well with Sam throughout the back woods and ended up passing Nathan and Demetri before we got out of the woods. The mud was a bit of a factor in some parts and I almost slipped a few times but ended up alright. The last 2 miles were f---ing painful. I was very pleased with how I zeroed in on Lynch's neck and focused hard on staying relaxed and in the zone while we picked it up. Coming across the final bridge I moved up on Sam and he told me, "If you've got something go for it." I made a surge up the hill by the start and brought on the pain even more. Moved very well from a mile out until about 700m out, but the finish was further away than I expected, and my final kick didn't quite have the bite that it did at Harvard-Yale. Lynch put 9 seconds on me in the last 800m. Didn't pass the puke-test at the finish, so I know I have a bit more in the tank to give. I'll be looking to combine the first 90% of Paul Short (and then some) with the last 10% of Harvard-Yale by the end of the season.I had a gym teacher in 7th and 8th grade that used to sing this annoyingly catchy song that went like this: "Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest until the Good is the Better and the Better is the Best." So in the spirit of optimism, I'll end with the following:
If I had to do it again: Not too much I could change here, this race was a huge confidence booster, and it's made me hungrier than ever to make the jump to being a consistent sub-25:00 guy. Was mentally TOUGH through 99% of the race, but could have used a bit extra in those last 400m. Didn't turn into a sprinter like I could have. Gonna envision that last straight-away the next couple weeks and build up some mental strength so I can put some potency in that kick.
Good: Michael Cunetta also had a great day today, finishing as Yale's #3, in 25:43.
Better: See if you recognize 105th place in the results... turns out I finished 3 seconds ahead of NCAA 800m champion Robby Andrews. I don't care if cross country's not your specialty, Robby. We've raced once, and I'm 1-0.
|Beat him by 3 seconds. That must make me a 1:41 guy come Outdoor...|
Men's Gold Race Results
Women's Gold Race Results