Last night was the final night before Ursinus campus goes on Thanksgiving break. I didn’t really have intentions of drinking but one thing led to the other and I did. We played Mario Kart and drank for about 2 hours until somehow talk of running and challenges came up. Mark had run a 5:02 mile earlier in the day just for fun on the track and Imbemba seemed to think he could beat that. It was about 10:00 at night and we were all wondering, “well are we really going to go and do this or what…” I told Imbemba that I’d pace him through 800 meters just for fun and he agreed. We both went to our room and when the door shut he told me he was in no condition to do it. He just had a 4 loko and wasn’t feeling good but he was pretty much at the point of no return. I laced up my running shoes with no socks and already had on boxers with running pants (I really needed to do laundry, no running shorts or socks). Mark, Brett and I warmed up to the track on this brisk night and realized this was actually going to happen.
Mark and I jogged a lap together and Imbemba was clearly hurting. He said he wasn’t going to be able to do it but it was way to late to not even try. There was a nice crew of Pane, Gofus, Ali, Bogdan, Mark, Yoko, and Pane’s friend that came to watch. I don’t know how it came up but someone asked how fast I’d be able to run a mile. I think I said under 5 and people called bullshit. My intentions were to pace Brett but if there was a challenge at hand I wasn’t going to refuse it. I said I definitely thought I could break 5 and no one bought it. Something along the lines of 60 dollars worth of value (I think it was 45 bucks and a case of beer) would be awarded to me if I ran sub 5. I took the challenge immediately. At the time I was really confident and thought that there was no way I’d be over. I had 4 or 5 Natty Ice’s prior to this and had also just devoured a 6 inch hoagie from Sub Connection. That along with the fact that I was in trainers without socks made people really doubt me.
I jogged around for a bit warming up. Right before the start Brett gave me a pair of mesh shorts that I freeballed in for the race. We toed the line, (this was a full mile by the way, not a 1600) and Yoko set us off. I wasn’t completely sure how I’d feel for it and for a second I thought “Maybe I’m in way over my head and I’m going to hit this first 200 in something like 39 and not be able to accelerate”. I hit the first 200 in 35 (37.5’s is 5 minute pace) and felt pretty solid. The first 400 was 74-75 with Brett right on my tail, perfect. My game plan was to just run 5 minute pace or a tiny bit over for 3 laps then book it the last lap. I hit the 809 meters in 2:30-2:31. I was still feeling good but I was only half way there. The next lap was another 75ish and I was at 3:46 with 400 to go. I knew at this point that I was going to break it. I picked it up a bit and with 200 left I looked at my watch. I saw 4:22 and had to close in a 37. at the slowest. I kicked it in a bit feeling good and finished at 4:58.20.
Imbemba, who people were questioning if he could finish or not, ran a respectable 5:27. We said beforehand that realistically, if he broke 5:30 it’s be pretty impressive. Afterward I was sweating and breathing hard and just wanted to go back. I think I could have gone a decent bit faster than that too if I had too. We went back to the suite and the party continued. We hung out and played pong until about 12 and then I went to bed.
I have two classes today and then I’m off to my real home. The Turkey Tourney is on Saturday (everyone should go) and Thursday is obviously Thanksgiving. It’s going to be a surprisingly busy break I think which is whatever. As long as I don’t have to go to class. Once we get back it’s pretty much just coasting in to winter break from here. I only have to take two finals which isn’t bad at all. Enjoy Thanksgiving everyone, it’s a pretty sweet holiday in my book.