I Got Sarff’d

Sizzling Mile 2008 192For those of you that have read the comments from my Throw Another Log on the Fire post, you would know that Aaron Sarff had challenged me to a friendly duel at the Sizzling Mile.

The evening started off with a 1 mile warm up on the track with Aaron, and that was the last I saw of Aaron until the start.  We both started toward the rear of the pack.  We were running in the 5:00 to 5:30 heat.  The big dogs: Eric, Greg, Billy, just to name a few.  I would have never dreamed of running the mile with them just a few years ago.  ( I guess I didn’t really run with them, I ran behind them…)

Anyhow the whistle blew and we were off.  The first lap went by pretty quickly.  I think I was right on 1:20.  I felt great, and I was hoping I could keep that pace for the next 3 laps.

The second lap was just a bit slower, maybe a second or two.

Sizzling Mile 2008 216_2The third lap, I was starting to feel it.  And by the end of it Aaron had passed me.

I got Sarff’d

On lap four, I was just trying to hold on.  I could hear a few foot steps behind me, but I wasn’t sure how many.  Aaron was well up the road and I was just worried about getting under 5:30.  Otherwise I probably shouldn’t have been in that heat.

I crossed the finish and my watch read 5:26, (I think?) but I will go with the “official” times when I see them.

Afterwards I had the taste of blood in my mouth.  And felt like I was going to die. It was just that bad.  I can only hope I wasn’t the only one. I can’t wait to do this again next year.

Oh… I may have gotten Sarff’d, but at least I didn’t elbow the 12 year old behind me at the finish (see the photo)…