Well, Penn didn't go quite as planned. I've been having hamstring trouble the last week or so, but it was only when I went much faster than 66/400. Although it was bugging me quite a bit during my workout on Monday, I thought a little Franklin Field magic would get me through 5000 meters without any issues.
Clearly, I was wrong. After about 800, it started cramping up pretty bad. By 2600 I couldn't keep going, and had to drop out. It reminds me of a poster I saw once: "Failure: When Your Best Just Isn't Good Enough." I had hoped my hamstring would be 100%. I didn't mention it to my coach or my teammates and I tried to think about it as little as possible.
I'm pretty frustrated, of course- not just with this race but the season in general. My body seems to have aged years in the last month or so; all of the sudden I'm fragile and injury prone and I recover like a 50 year old man with no flexibility. My body is probably trying to tell me to take a little rest. Still, if at all possible, I'm going to try to get through the rest of the season. There isn't that much of the season left and I'm close to qualifying for Nationals in the 1500. If I can pop a good one at All-Division New Englands or ECACs, I'll be all set.
Well, I don't want to turn this into me having a whiney pity party for myself. It happened, it sucks, and I'm not happy about it at all. Let's just leave it at that for now.