Today was a couple of runs down memory lane, so I will be doing two blog posts today about running down memory lane and you know something, doing it was a lot of fun – well as much fun as the first track workout of the year can be and a second run less than half an hour later.
I took Dad out to lunch for Father’s Day at what used to be the Log Cabin Diner in Newport, Maine (it is now Anglers) and even though I knew I was going to run later or maybe because I knew I was running later – had the fried smelts, french fries, coleslaw and a piece of strawberry-rhubarb pie – I good I only had water to drink. It turned out that this wasn’t all that good, as a pre-workout lunch choice.
After I dropped Dad off, I went over to Nokomis High School. This is where my love/hate relationship with running first began over 40 years ago.
My stomach still was digesting lunch and wasn’t quite ready for the rigors of doing a track workout yet – so I walked my old cross country trail.
The gate to the Cross Country trail – except when I ran there was no fence
There were quite a few changes – where the big mud hole was is now a big snowmobile bridge, but some of the other parts did bring back some memories.
I can still hear Mr. Smith saying “Stay to the left and stay on the high side damnit”. The things you remember when you go back sometimes.
The road from the school that leads down to Lake Nokomis. I wonder how many fine upstanding pillars of the communities they now live in – think back to this area and smile about when they were not so fine or upstanding .
This is the hill that Mr. Smith used to make us run up 5 times or more. Looking at it now it really wasn’t all that long or tough, but to a 15 year old sprinter, who hated running uphill and just wanted to run in straight lines or half a circle around a tracks, it was a punishment truly and simply to run up this hill . Now I would do it and not even whine about it.
It was time to get down to my track workout.
I have seen this view over the course of many years, except when I was there, it was a dirt track and no building at the end of the straight-away.
So how did I do? I have to remember that they changed this from a quarter-mile track to a 400 meter track when they tarred it.
- 4 laps warm-up 8:54
- 400m – 90:57
- 400m – 95:02
- 400m – 90:15
- 400m – 90:69
- 400m – 92:85
- 400m – 93:97
- 400m – 92:50
- 400m – 89:66
- 4 laps cool down – 9:32
In between the laps, I walked/jogged slowly for a lap. This was my first track workout in a lot of years and I wanted to be consistent and get through it without pulling a hamstring or doing something else stupid. So I kept everything around 75-80%, even so that last fast lap my legs were quivering pretty good.
The Nike Free 4.0 worked like a charm running on the track for me today.
When trying to run fast today, I just never felt quite right. My stride is not smooth or consistent at a faster pace. I need to keep working at running faster to regain my form for running faster.
Getting back to whether fried smelts, french fries, coleslaw and strawberry rhubarb pie with whipped cream is a good pre-workout food choice – trust me it isn’t! I didn’t toss it back it up, but there were a couple of times that it felt pretty damn close.
Overall it was good to go back to where my running began, to think back on some of the stuff that I did, the people that I used to hang around with, along with Mr. Smith and Mr. MacDonald who were very important to me, during my high school years.
Things look very different around my old school from when I was there, but other things – well some things just don’t change, but hell after 37 years (Class of 1975), I look different too.
- How long has it been since you left high school?
- Do you ever go back?
- If you do what do you think about?
- Were you a runner in high school or did you take it up afterwards?