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?