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 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.
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?