I’m racing one mile.

Maybe you can guess what the majority of my most recent Google searches have been about:

How to race one mile

How to run a one mile race

Racing one mile

Pretty much every result that comes up is how to train to race a one mile race. Oops — the race kind of snuck up on me, so there was no training. And no results came up about winging a one mile race. The other takeaway? It’s gonna hurt.

Tonight I’m racing one whole mile. And I’m freaking out.

To be honest, I don’t think I’m afraid of not making a goal or not running fast enough for my standards — I’m afraid of the pain.

At least the race has some pretty sweet swag. Yup, that’s a Brooks tech tee. And a Runners Unite ribbon!



The plan for tonight is to get a nice couple mile warm up in (with some fast strides, perhaps) before the race. My wave is the general wave and starts at 6:53 p.m. Then, I think we’re going to stick around and watch some of the elites. At packet pickup yesterday we each got a “ticket” with an elite’s name on it and if they win — we win a prize! I don’t remember who I got (and I don’t have my ticket with me right now) but I know my friend got Heather Kampf — so I’m jealous.

The race takes place in downtown Minneapolis, right down Hennepin Avenue. It sounds like the crowd support (along the entire mile stretch!) is pretty good. So we’ll see. This may be my one and only time racing the mile.

So tell me — have you ever raced one mile? Any tips/advice?

10 thoughts on “I’m racing one mile.

  1. Hillary

    This is awesome. I was just saying that I wished Chicago had some of these shorter, “weirder” races like NYC does. Excited to hear how it goes!

    1. hyedi Post author

      I think it’s pretty cool, too — especially since it’s a well established “weird” race, but on by the TCIM folks. I’ll be sure to report back!

  2. Amy

    I’ve never raced one mile (aside from in 6th grade when they make you do it in PE), but I would just tell myself that you can do anything for 6-7 minutes. The faster you run, the faster you are done! Good luck!

    1. hyedi Post author

      That’s good advice! But if I come in under 7 minutes it will be an all-out miracle!

  3. Julia B.

    I’m running this too! It is so so so fun. Your friend will probably win a prize…I’m jealous. My advice for this one: the first wave is pretty crowded! So get towards the front if you can. Don’t get tempted out too fast by the other runners who inevitably sprint 200 meters and then finsh by crawling. The last 400m includes a left turn to the finish so keep that in mind!

    1. hyedi Post author

      Yayyyy! Glad to hear that it’s fun 🙂 And thanks for the advice — I think someone else told me to try to start towards the front also. Maybe we’ll run into each other! Good luck!

  4. Reba - Not So Perfect Life

    Can’t wait to hear how it went last night! I have never done a one mile race for time but I have done one mile track sprints and it is tough. I have a hard time going from 0-60 with my heart not hating me. Post your results ASAP!


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