"Just don't get bumped or shoved in the semis, Regina."
Somehow, I knew it was coming. When the bumping started, Regina moved out to lane 2, and ran most of the race there to keep from getting tripped up. At one point, she was out the outer part of the second lane.
When the time came to kick, she had already run more distance than just about anyone else beside the stragglers behind her. I thought she'd make a bigger move with 300 to go to stretch it out. But when she didn't, and the field started to close up on her, I knew it didn't look good.
I thought that, by staying off the European circuit, she'd escape injury and be in better shape for this event. Unfortunately, slowly but surely, time is catching up with those 40-year-old legs of hers. Dirty shame it had to come at the World Championships, but 4:06.92 is a masters' American record anyway. She'll have to run the rest of the European season if she wants to rank higher in the top 10 in this event.
I'd love to see her run a marathon before she completely packs it in.