I raced my first 1 mile event on Saturday March 30 at the April Fools Run in Clarkston, MI finishing with a time of 6:11.
Being my first 1 mile race, I really had no idea of how it would go, and now that's it is over, I still don't!
After conferring with a couple of running veterans, I decided to break the race up into quarters and try to run even splits. That was all fine and dandy until the start of the race when I lost feel of my pace for only about 200 meters or so but apparently, that was enough to spell my doom.
Man, it all happened so fast. One minute I was standing there waiting for the start, the next I was running too flipping fast, the next I could sense my goal time of a sub-6:00 slipping away from me, the next I was just hanging on for dear life, and the next it was over. Just like that!
My quarter mile splits were:
I actually ran a lot faster than my first split indicates, ignorantly playing follow the leader at a 5:30 pace for the first 200 meters, before finally finding my pace.
I also registered for and ran the 10k, which going into it I had no idea how I would feel after racing a mile, but surprisingly, it really wasn't all that bad. I finished with a time of 44:07, knocking some 52 seconds off of my previous time.
That I was able to go sub-7:00 in the sixth mile is a huge confidence booster. This was my first 10k since December 2011, and up until recently it was a distance that puzzled me. Training with Daniels however, I now appreciate how perfect this distance is in terms speed, endurance, and lactate threshold training.
I will look to clean those splits up during my next one whether I race a mile beforehand or not. I know I can do much better.
As for the mile, I am just getting started with that bad boy. It is a great test of fitness for anyone who would like to know just how fast they can run. But as with all distances, there is pacing involved, something I didn't get quite right my first time out.