Tidewater Striders 1 Mile (5:50)

How does one recap a mile?  It takes you longer to type a mile race recap then to type it.  I’ve done the mile a couple of times all down here.  While this was my slowest time (and slower than I’ve taken some 5-10ks out in), I raced a hard mile without my arch or anything bothering me.

I consider it my most successful.

My future father in law Paul as well as my dad and I, all headed down to the race. I got to the race and was happy to see of all my friends.  I wish I had been able to talk to more people but time got away from me and I needed to warm up.  Kellie and I went for a 2.5 mile warm up around the track.  I’ve always known I need to warm up more for shorter races.  For half marathons I warm up nothing while 1 mile races I need at least 2-4 miles.

After warming up Kellie (Who won overall!) , we lined up in our sub 6 minute heat.

Kellie and I
Kellie and I


I went into the race with two goals:

  1. To finish with no arch pain (I have been doing decent mileage with longer runs having no pain so the last item in the check box was a “speed” workout…or race).
  2. To hopefully break 6 minutes. I would be lying if I wouldn’t be somewhat upset if I didn’t break 6.

In the sub 6 minute heat there were 3 females (Kellie, myself and a 6 year girl).  I took my rightful spot in the back.  Then we were off!

I ran on the inside right behind Kellie the entire race.

Lap 1 thoughts: Wow, that was a blur…on to lap 2.

Lap 2: thoughts: OMG we still have two more laps…so painful.

strider mile 1

Lap 3: You go on without me Kellie in an overly dramatic I might peel over type of way(as she pulls away).

strider mile 2
I don’t know why it looks like I’m smiling…believe me I’m not.

Lap 4: OMG breathing is so hard. Running is so hard.  Everything is so hard. Wait is the clock really under 6 minutes?  Kick Hollie, kick!  Throwback to trying to pass the gym class mile.

Crossing the line: Thank god that’s over with.  Does my foot hurt?  No.  I am alive?  Yes.  Okay, success.

After the 1 mile, you have the option to do a “random relay”.  They assign you a team based on lottery.  You could be with the high school stud or walkers but no one cares because it’s all in good fun.  Why this couldn’t be like high school gym class….I don’t know.  Anyways I was lucky that my team was all my friends!  We nicknamed our team 2F@st2BSlOW (ha).   We ended up getting second overall.   Everyone does a 400 (1 lap around the track).

relay pass

I'm smiling because I actually didn't drop the baton.
I’m smiling because I actually didn’t drop the baton.

So as I said before this race was one of the most succcessful races I’ve had all year.  It confirmed that my foot is feeling better and it doesn’t hurt while racing fast.  I’m hoping it’s the gateway to race a 5k, then 10k, then half…then Wineglass…HA!  All in all I had a great time and it feels even better to actually be able to post a race recap.

Questions for you:

Have you ever raced a mile?

I’ve only ever done this one. It’s never worked out that I’ve been in a PRing shape (or what I feel is my highest fitness mile shape).  I think I’m capable or running a 5:20.