>General Running>Sprinting for the first time. Please provide advice
There are many Masters track meets out there, actually. NYRR puts on two series a year, for instance, and they do include sprints (more often sprint relays, but sprints as well). There are opportunities to race the 100, 200, 200/400 relay, the short leg of the DMR, etc.
Cool. That's a world I honestly have had no exposure to. Though in my defense, a quick Google search of "masters track and field texas" says those events are much, much more scarce than road or trail races. But it looks fun - after I achieve my BQ, I might look into it more. Working at a school with a decent track program sure wouldn't hurt my training opportunities.
"God guides us on our journey, but careful with those feet." - David Lee Roth, of all people
True and cautionary tale. Some time late last summer I was at the track early in the morning to run a workout and a couple of middle-aged, slightly pudgy dudes show up, too. I'm running 1000s or something, and I notice that these guys are going to bust out 200s, which I find interesting because they don't look a lot like they are very fit and I'm wondering to myself if these guys have any business out there running that short fast stuff. So, they get through maybe a couple of reps and I'm watching them on their next rep and they blast off the line at the pole and as they're coming out of the turn dude #1 (might have been dude #2, I forget) suddenly and unmistakably pulls up wincing and grabbing behind his thigh like something has gone horribly wrong. From that point, dude #2 runs 1 more rep while his buddy walks limping around the track and they call it a day.
We are fragile creatures on collision with our judgment day.
Morale to Joescott story, train months in advance. Also, get involved in events that is the most appropriate for you.