East Coast Invitational 2013
So apparently RITCA has only been doing this meet for three years and it gets bigger each year.
My coach was gonna put me in the 600, but lo and behold there wasn’t one, so plan B, she put pretty much the whole team in the open 800.
Now, the 800 is my baby in outdoor, but up until today I’d never run one in indoor (except in the 4x8, like I mentioned in my earlier post)
Since my coach really didn’t have times to go off of she decided to enter us with out outdoor times, but I guess that’s what all the other girls did as well unless they’d actually run an open 8 this season so it didn’t really make much of a difference. My PR from outdoor was a 2:20.1, with which I managed to clinch 10th place in states last year. (I ran a 2:19 split in the 4x8 of the same meet, but let’s not get into that again :P)
I was seeded 5th going into this race, and I matched my seed. Earlier in the day I had been setting myself up to think I could bang out a top 3 position, but I guess it just wasn’t in the cards, and my competition was a lot faster than their times from last year.
The coordinator actually told us we were lucky to have such a small little heat of 6 people and he guessed we were an intimidating group because two from our heat had scratched.
Going into this race, I thought I would nail the start. I knew these girls were going to get off the line fast, but fast starts are my specialty.
I didn’t realize they were going to fly off the line like they were running a frickin 200.
Needless to say, I got boxed in. Deja vu back to outdoor states again.
Anyway, I still got a medal and a certificate, so I guess I’m happy with 5th place, and running a 2:20.9. All the girls from 2nd-5th place were within 2 seconds of each other, so it was a fairly close finish.
I’m not gonna have to run another open 8 this season, so I guess I can focus on the 4x8, which is an entirely different animal. (And then the 600, 1000, & 1500)
Next meet is the division championship, where I can pretty much win any and all races I run without much competition. Now all I have to do is decide what to run…