I ran the Mile and the 3,000M at this weekend's Golden Flash Gala indoor track meet at Kent State University. You can see my abysmal results here. It was the first time I had raced indoors since early 1993, and I would say I ran like it. My first race was the Mile, and I got absolutely housed. I ran 4:46 and came in 10th out of 15 runners. I think that's the first time I've ever finished in the bottom third of anything in my life. The race seemed so fast. Before I knew what happened, it was over; quite a big change from the 1/2 marathon and marathon.
I came back stronger in the 3,000M, though, clocking a 9:34 and coming in 10th out of 20. I also accomplished something else I never did in high school: I beat former Akron Buchtel standout and 3,200M state champion Carlos Jones. We talked after the race. He's a terrific guy, and just trying to get back into competitive shape -- not unlike myself (the second part, not the terrific guy part; I'm an a-hole).
My running partner said it best, though: we did alright considering we were at least 10 years older than our competition, and have full-time jobs and families. When you're 19 years old and in college, what do you have to do besides train? (Drink and get laid. Duh. -- Ed.) When you look at it that way, we didn't do all that bad.