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I did not run in high school. I did not run in college. I did start running until three... oh maybe it was four now... years ago. Which means the last time I ran just one mile was three, maybe fours years ago because at the time, I physically could not run one mile. This weekend, I ran the Humboldt Mile inaugural race (put on by Three Run Two) and the idea was to run your fastest mile.
I have no clue what my fastest mile is. Well, I have a clue now and it's 8:03 minutes. Though I am quite convinced that I could have run faster. The funny thing about a mile is that it is just long enough where if you don't know what pace to go you find yourself thinking can I go faster before I give out (the answer is yes) but it's just short enough where you don't want to go to too slow. I was running... not necessarily uber speeding but running fast and towards the end I thought oh god, my legs are tired already but then I saw the finish line and was like oh hellz no I can sprint through this.
How does one prepare to run their fastest mile? I have no clue. I just did my usual runs. I suppose one could actually run a mile and figure it out that way. Or one could do something like Nike's Find Your Fast program. Or one could just throw their hands up and say who really cares and hope for the best. Next time... if there is a next time, I know I can go faster, but at least this time I know what my fastest mile is.
If you are wondering if I would recommend this race for next year, the answer is absolutely. The course is through the gorgeous Humboldt Park which I am never around. It starts at a very reasonable and happy time of not 6am. It's fun, it's quick and how often do you get to run just one mile?
Did anyone else spend their Saturday watching the Road to Rio Olympic Marathon trials? If you did you got to see some amazing runners as well as an awesome example of teamwork. I might be too late for Valentine's Day, but it's never too late to tell you're friends you love them sooooo... *yes I stole this pic from the Internet and added my own caption so only use this for good and not evil.
P.s can someone tell the race announcers that when the majority of your top runners are over 30 you can likely stop commentin about their age because you can clearly be over 30 and crush it. While we are at it, can we tell them that duh doing squats will strengthen runners quads and legs? Thanks y'all.