Galoob, Masters Mile Champ

Galoob NB Indoor Navas Start

The men’s masters field ready for the gun at the NB Indoor Grand Prix. Courtesy of Joe Navas (Organic Photography).

By Muddy Puddin’

Editor’s note: Mike Galoob won the men’s masters mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday, February 8th over at the Reggie Lewis Center. Mike ran a 4:23.48 and narrowly beat out John Trautmann (4:24.20).

Having just turned 40 the day before the race, was this something you had been looking forward to tackling for awhile? Had training been focused specifically towards the masters mile?
I certainly had been anticipating running masters events this year. I had joked many times throughout the last couple of seasons that I was just training to turn 40. The Grand Prix Masters Mile was something that came up in December when I heard more about it from Keven O’Neil. I was intrigued and set about qualifying for it. It quickly became one of my goal races and fell nicely into my schedule of other indoor meets I had planned for this winter.

Had you competed against anyone there before?  Any familiar faces toeing the line?  
I had been lucky enough to meet Chris Magill at the East Region masters meet two weeks before. He’d done this race before and I was much relieved to have his guidance in getting ready during the final minutes leading up to the start, allowing me to get in a relaxed well-timed warmup.
Most of the other runners were unknown to me other than some of their recent race results which I had seen online. I had no idea of the resumes of some of these guys, like Trautman, until the announcer called us to the line. Yeah, not too intimidating!
Did each lap go how you thought it would?  Were you able to stick to the race that you wanted to run? Describe how it unfolded.
Galoob NB Indoor Finish Navas

Mike breaking the tape, courtesy of Joe Navas (Organic Photography).

Other than the cold that graced me in the two days prior, everything went exactly as hoped. I knew several of these guys had run faster miles and 800′s than me this season so I didn’t want to allow it to be too much of a tactical race. I’m usually one that would “sit and kick”, but they had too much closing speed to risk it. Coming off a 5k PR and lots of stamina intervals on the track, I felt I could set a tough pace that might neutralize any opportunist attacks. When it came time to kick for the line, I’d at least have a head start. I guess it worked. I waited for a quarter then went out front, leading throughout right at my training pace. Sure enough, they finished strong, but I was able to hold them off on the final curve and kick to the win.

Any hopes of taking down the current Masters Mile record holder Charlie Kern with his 2011 time of  4:19.73?

Absolutely. If I’m fortunate enough to return next year, that’s a mark I’d love to beat since it’s also my own PR from when I was in high school. Winning races is great, but there’s a special satisfaction in running as fast as you did over twenty years ago.

Coaches say that in addition to making sure that every single training run has a purpose, a runner should always learn something from every race they compete in. What did you take away from this one?

Take the opportunities that are open to you. Regardless of the race result, this meet was incredible to take part in. Racing with champions in front of the crowd and witnessing all the inspiring performances with my family will always be a special memory.

For more on this race directly from Mike, check out this entry over on his blog. The very next day, Mike was out on his snowshoes in RI marking up the course for the Belleville Pond 10k Trail Race (he’s the race director).

Galoob Belleville Pond Mason

Out marking the course, courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

Thanks once again to Joe Navas (Organic Photography) and Scott Mason Photo for the excellent shots included here.

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