Blog — 10 February 2013
Mel’s PB at Hunter Track Classic 2013

Hunter track classic in Glendale kicked of the national athletics series races for 2013  and provided me the first opportunity for the season to race in a strong field over 1500m.

The meet was in the evening and after a day of heavy rain and strong wind I was prepared for pretty tough conditions, which thankfully didn’t prevail. I was pretty excited leading up to the race with just the right amount of pre race nerves.

There was a large field of 16 runners and once again I drew a high hip number (16) so started out wide. Despite this I got a nice start running pretty hard from the line to secure a good position towards the front of the pack. Past experience has illustrated to me how important positioning is in races like this unfortunately running in a large quality pack is not something that I get to experience often at club and state level meets. During this race I was very aware of where the other girls were around me I was very conscious of not getting trapped on the inside of the pack for long.

The first 300m was at a strong pace which I liked and found I was able to sit at the pace the girls were setting without feeling as though it was too quick or that I was going to blow up. During the second lap I did find that I was trapped on the inside but was able to get clear and didn’t suffer as a consequence. The next 2 laps flew by and I don’t really remember much but that in it self shows how much my racing has improved. I used to dread and battle my way around the 3rd lap and was notorious for going too hard in the first 2 laps and falling off the pace over the second half of the race. As I came in for the bell lap I was starting to feel the fatigue building in my legs but was able to pull out a nice strong kick for home over the last 200m where I passed 2 girls on the final bend and then one just before the line. Even with fatigued legs I was able to finish nice and strong which is something Alex has been working on with me over the past few months. It was great to see that I was able to finish hard after 3 strong consistent laps rather than finishing “faster” after dropping pace in the 3rd lap and picking back up as I used to do. I finished in 7th place in a time of 4.30.81, which was a 4 second pb! I was stoked as I finished with very little left in the tank and ran a strong consistent race that was a massive improvement on my last race at this level.

A massive thank you to Alex for his continued support, guidance and ingenious training that has made the world of difference to my running not only has my technique, strength and fitness improved dramatically but I now arrive at races feeling confident in my ability to perform as I know I am well prepared for the race ahead.

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