Now coaches have to figure out what to do on Saturday, normally a race day, now 7 days before State.
I remember toeing the line in 1987 at the Pan American Games, in Indianapolis. I was in the first of 2 heats (Steve Scott was the other American in the 2nd heat), and the starter walked over and said, "Not enough runners checked in - heats are canceled. Straight final."
I had USA uniform (Kappa, bad quality in those days) and spikes on. I put my warm up cloths back on and trainers, and went to look for a pay phone to call my coach, Mike Durkin in Chicago. His secretary said he was in Court, and would call me after the case let out.
Steve asked if he could do the workout with me.
We drove over to a near by track (Think near Fort Benjamin), and found another pay phone (no cell phones in those days). Mike was at the office, and had me run: 2 miles warm up, 3x150 relaxed pace with 50 meter jog, and 400 jog after the set. 1x800 "No faster than 1:56" was his orders.... and then end with 3x150 to get some of the lactic out of my legs.
Steve said - "I will lead through the 400, and then you take the 2nd lap." I know I said, "Make sure to run the right pace, otherwise Mike will be ticked." Steve proceeded to run 56.5 for the opening 400 (August 9th). I slowed the pace for us to run 1:56.4. 8.5 miles for the day, as we had warmed up before Heat.
What have different coaches and athletes done, when a race was canceled? Interesting to see the different thoughts for a Saturday workout.
I like the in and out mile - Run 400 relaxed, 400 good pace, 400 relaxed, 400 good.