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).
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?
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.
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?
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).