Despite posting a new personal best (which shall not be mentioned here), I will not return as the Caribbean media champion in the 800m from the IAAF World Championships' media race.
Let me just add, too, that I have a little more respect for the 'big-belly' reporters here, especially one brave enough to wear a full-body suit. Hilarious. Just picture Fancy Cat in a Jamaica body suit, not something you expect to see on a track.
I was the second best finisher among regional journalists, and even though it would be easy to point to my decision not to withdraw, instead going out there and defend my title in spite of a herniated disc and under heavy medication - I won't.
I guess this is how Kimberly Williams felt after her triple jump final; a big personal best, but missing out on the medals. Hard to knock yourself, if you did your best under less than favourable circumstances - referring to my case here.
There will be a video of the race and build up on The Gleaner's website soon, I'm sure, you will see my brave effort plus Yohan 'The Beast' Blake's assessment of my 800m form.
Blake was the guest starter and he wasn't too encouraging upon realising what I was about to do.
"Lowe, 800m? It nuh look good."
Yea, just the words of encouragement you would want to hear from one of your own country's top athletes before you risk your life running an 800m!
Well Blake, at least I competed at this World Championships!
The media 800m at the World Championships is serious fun and a nice twist by the organisers. It was a little more serious this time as not only were we taken to the call room, we were also allowed to warm up in the indoor warm-up area and taken out onto the Luzhniki Stadium track through the same tunnels that the 'other' real athletes go through.
Start lists, bibs, SEIKO timing, photo finishes, four-camera production crew, you name it, and the times weren't bad either, with the overall winner; Michel Prochazka from the Czech Republic posting a time of 2:00.81.
My time wasn't too far from that ... if you flip around some of the numbers (laughs). By the way, I ran 2:55.00 and no, you don't have to tell me that little girls at Champs run faster times than that.