Just minutes after the Vancouver Sun Run, while doing an easy jog, Rich proposed I go down to Eugene, OR for a 5,000m race a mere 5 days away. This was the first I knew anything of the meet or that this was ever part of the plan (although I think Rich had had it on his calendar for me for a while). It seemed a bit sudden, but at the same time I was excited about it. I knew I was fit and I wanted to prove that to myself. So, Rich fired up the Matrix on Thursday afternoon and we made the long drive to Eugene, rolling in at about midnight.
There were about a dozen Japanese corporate team runners on the start list, so I knew the pace would be fast and I wouldn’t need to do any work. The plan was to hold on as long as I could.
I ended up 2nd in 13:43.43. A new PB (old one was 13:57 from way back in November, 2005). I got out well in the first mile, ran a fairly conservative 2nd mile letting the main pack get a bit of a gap on me while staying tucked in behind the tallest of the other competitors I closed really well over the last mile, first closing the gap on the main pack and then making a move with 600m to go and holding on for 2nd.
There is a video of the race at this link: Bill McChesney Jr 5000m Invite
It was very cool to race in Eugene, OR at Hayward Field where there is so much history.
Part II of the Road Trip starts on Friday with the drive to Seattle. The rest of the road trip will be travelled mostly by plane, so I guess ‘road’ trip is a misnomer. Regardless from Seattle I head to Palo Alto, CA for 10,000m on the track. Then onto Switzerland for some training prior to racing the BUPA Great Manchester Run in Manchester, England on May 15th. Following that I’ll be back on my old stomping grounds of Eastern Ontario for the Ottawa Race Weekend 10k on May 28th.