On his way to Manchester Airport for his flight back to Philadelphia on Sunday, Pat stopped in nearby North Londonderry, NH to run the Millennium Mile. Pat was glad he decided to do so – scoring a huge PR and finishing 4th in this annual favorite of serious runners! “The last time I ran a race this short was nearly four years ago, so I was pretty surprised with how well this went, especially since I didn’t cut back my mileage at all for the race, and I haven’t done any workouts approaching mile pace,” Pat surmised after the race.
Pat started rather conservatively, going through the 1/4 mile mark in approximately 9th place. After that, he used his strength to just gradually pick people off. With a 1/4 mile to go, Pat found himself in 4th place and still feeling good, so he made his push to pass the 3rd place runner (the last money spot). It wasn’t to be, as the runner in third position held Pat off and stopped the clock at 4:07. Pat hit the tape seconds later at 4:10. Yes, this is a road course, and a net downhill at that. But Pat’s time was far faster than any 1500 or mile race he has ever run before that it is safe to say this is still a legitimate improvement at the distance for the young PRTC’er. As Pat noted, “Despite the course being significantly aided, I’ll take a 15 second P.R. in the mile any day!”