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Boulder’s Pearl Street Mile keeps rivalry alive

August 11, 2015

Olympian and 3:55 Miler Alan Culpepper provided a "five-day secret training plan." It included some short intervals "to dial in race pace/effort," but not enough to leave me tired.

By Mike Sandrock, Daily Camera

"Hey, Sandrock!"

The voice was a thunderbolt out of the blue, freezing me in my tracks.

I turned and there he was, Dan Skarda, and instantly I was taken back many years to the Illinois high school sectional cross country meet. It was the qualifier for state — very deep and competitive.

I can still vividly recall the first 400 meters. The sectional meet was held at Crystal Lake, on a hilly, wooded course roughly 50 miles west of Chicago. After a start across an open meadow, we had to make a 180-degree turn around a pole.

My team, highly ranked Maine South, got off well, and I was among a large group near the front. I was running on the inside closest to the pole, and as I slowed to go around it, a runner pushed me from behind, his voice ringing out:

"Watch it!"

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