Striders 1 mile (5:31)

I’m not really sure how to write a race recap on a mile race and a 400 relay.  So I’ll just talk about my day and integrate the race into it.  I mean there is only so much you can say about 4 laps around a track.  The race itself was last Saturday, so I apologize for this built up anticipation of 5 minutes and 31 seconds of my life.

So I preface this with I haven’t run a mile on the track for time since gym class in high school.  That would be when I ran/walked a 12:12.  So this was a new experience for me and my running.

I won first female overall and my relay won first overall too!

I got to be in heat one with lots of dudes.  Before the actual race, I had gotten about a 3.5 mile warmup.  I was not feeling the greatest but just told myself it was a mile and I could make it through.  I won’t go into details, but I felt like utter crap the night before and the only thing keeping me running this race was the fact that it was a grand prix race for my running club.  Meaning, I would get grand prix points for racing.  Plus, a lot of my friends were doing it!

Anywho when the airhorn went off, we all went and quickly moved into the inside lane. 

The first lap I felt was pretty easy, not tiring and just chilling.  The second lap, I felt the same and by the third lap I knew I could start pushing the pace.  I guess in a mile, pushing the pace means maintaining the pace and I started to pass people.  The fourth lap, I just powered through it and ended up passing even more people.

I still can’t really tell you how to race a mile and I’m not going to try.  I know I took it out to slow and never died.  I’m thinking that my legs just need a possible turnover boost and if I can get my turnover faster, I can get my mile faster.  I’m thinking that comes with more speed workouts though.

I digress.

Afterwords, I helped pace some of my kids during their mile races.

Then, we did a 4X400 (is that even how I type relays?) relay.  You were assigned randomly.  My team consisted of two middle and high school track runners and a 40 year speed demon and myself.  We got extremely lucky with the random assignment and ended up winning.  Nevermind the fact that I have no idea how to run a mile let alone 1 lap around a track.

Question for you: 

Have you ever ran a mile?  Do you like it? 

What is your favorite running distance?