Back on the Track

As a former high school track athlete who likes to see how fast I can run, I was happy to see that the All-Comers Track Meet was returning to Salisbury.

I participated in the All-Comers Track Meet at Wicomico County Stadium on Thursday. (Vanessa Junkin photo)
I participated in the All-Comers Track Meet at Wicomico County Stadium on Thursday. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

The free meet on Thursday was again open to adults to take part in.

I ran the 1600 meter race — the mile — and ended with a time of 7:22. (It may have been 7:21, but I’ll go with 7:22 to be safe.) While that’s a fast mile for me, it isn’t my fastest mile, or really even close — last year, I ran a 6:37. Unfortunately, I don’t know what my actual personal record is, but I don’t think it’s any faster than 6:35, so I would like to eventually beat that time just to have a PR.

I haven’t been doing speed work, so I didn’t expect to break any records.

It felt hot and humid, and I felt like I was having trouble breathing during the race. I still ended up with a second-place ribbon, as there were only two women in this race.

The meet, at Wicomico County Stadium, provides a fun and supportive environment. The participants were mostly children, and it was fun to see their races — there are some fast kids! The Eastern Shore Running Club, for which I am secretary, also provided water and Gatorade.

I learned at the meet there’s going to be another one on July 31, so I will plan to be there, too!

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