Today I ran my best mile time ever, with the help of my very competitive co-workers. About 5 months ago, a bunch of us were at work talking crap to each other (gotta have something to break up the time, right?) We decided a one mile fun run would be a great way to see who’s the fastest. And I use the term “fun” loosely. I scheduled it for March, thinking it would be nice & warm. The run was supposed to be last Friday, which was damp, chilly, and downright miserable running conditions. So, we planned for today–ended up 65* & sunny. Darn near perfect!
We ran at the track behind the local YMCA. When I say “track” it’s mostly dirt with some gravel-y spots, and just about 1/4 mile. The total mile was 3 and 3/4 laps. So I marked the start and finish by dragging my foot in the dirt. Only 8 of us showed up to run (of 20-something invitees), with 5 more spectatin’ and cheering us on.
My pre-race snack: a medium banana, 2 hours prior. A GU packet 15 min prior. Some Gatorade.
My warm-up: 1 mile on the treadmill at 6.2 mph pace. Half a mile on the track.
Attire: Wore Under Armour shorts, New Balance shirt, Athleta sports bra, Oakleys, Mizuno WaveRider shoes. No watch, no iPod (since the iPod broke… wahhhh… at least it lasted 5 years!) The thought behind no watch is I would go faster without having it. And one co-worker read off splits so that worked just fine.
Goal: sub-7 minutes. With the 7:20 I ran in December, I figured this was a realistic goal.
We started at high noon, with all taking off at once (to avoid timing confusion). Two guys immediately jumped out in front, and I was near the back of the pack. My strategy is to conserve, let them burn out a bit, and make a move around laps 3-4. After one lap I was at 1:33–went out a bit fast.
I had moved up to 6th, but I wanted to come in 3rd. I just focused on the lap I was on, told myself I was strong and well-prepared for this, and tried to stay relaxed. After lap 3, I knew it was go time.
I still had 3 dudes in front of me, so I went for it with less than 300 yards to go. After passing all 3, I just had the home stretch–100 yards. I dug in, but could hear one of them right behind me. I found a gear I didn’t know I had (as my lungs were on fire!), but he passed me right at the end:
He kinda bumped me, so that’s why my arm is out. All good–ran my best time, so I didn’t care! It was a great race of all of us. I ran a 6:43, whoop! Smashed my goal 🙂 Everyone sent me their times and ages, and I did the age graded results from USA Track & Field’s website. I ended up with a 62% (where 60% is locally competitive, 70% regionally, 80% nationally, 90% is elite, and 100% means you have the World Record, if I understand correctly). I was pleased to come in 2nd place with the age graded calculator! My co-worker who won is 42 and ran a 5:45… that’s smoking fast!
When I got home, my race shirt came in the mail:
That’s what I’m wearing for the half. I got it from One More Mile, which has super cute running clothes with funny (or inspirational) phrases. I chose One Bad Mother Runner (obviously) because I thought it was cute. And the purple wasn’t my first choice, but now I love it! Special thanks to Gabe for taking this pic 🙂
I got this free magnet too… doesn’t take much to make me happy! It was a very happy running day! My quads are killing and I might need to foam roll and go to bed early. Have a great night!