Every year at this time the Minnesota Distance Running Association puts on their Meet of Miles at the indoor track at the U of MN's field house. It's a pretty bare bones affair. Show up, pay your $5 and sign up for the heat you want. They start at 4:00-4:30 expected finishers, then 4:30-5:00, then 5:00-5:15 and so on. There are heats for anybody who wants to run a mile. I've ran this the past two years and it's a fun way to break up the monotony of winter training. Plus I just don't race mile races often, especially on an indoor track so it's unique as well.
I signed up for the 5:15-5:30 heat based on....I'm not sure really other than a feeling that was a good spot for me and that spot was around a 5:20-5:30. Plus 40 seconds per lap is a nice round number to remember when I see the clock every lap. (200m track)*
There were about fifteen runners in my race, two rows, six lanes in a waterfall start. I started in lane 1 as I really don't want to get boxed in. I moved to the front right away and had someone on my shoulder. I hate the first lap because as I said I don't race miles and can't "feel" that pace like I'd like to. But I came around the last turn on lap 1 and saw the clock and knew I was pretty spot on. I then hit my goal 40-42 second/lap pace pretty consistently the first six laps.
During laps 3 and 4 I was passed by five runners however they didn't really pull away so I'm not sure why they moved around me as I remained at a pretty consistent pace. There were 2-3 runners immediately behind me as well so we had a nice pack going during the middle of the race. The one thing I enjoy about this racing is the close quarters. You can literally hear every breath of the runners around you. You can feel your competition right on top of you the whole way. It's just different than most road races. The one thing I do not enjoy is the bumping. Twice during the race someone's foot hit mine, or vice versa. Another time I banged elbows pretty hard in a corner. It's all inadvertent but it can be unnerving when you imagine you were probably closer than you would have liked to be to tripping.
Lap 4 is about the point where my lungs start to burn. Not like breathing has become uncomfortable burn but like breathing starts to feel like your lungs may literally be catching fire burn. Then on the 6th lap I notice two of the runners in front of me starting to slow just a touch. Realizing I'm a bit stronger carries me through the lap and at the start of lap 7 I am confident even though I'm quite sure my left lung has exploded. No time like the present to go so I picked it up with 300m left and around the turn pass the two runners that were starting to fade.
Now it's the last lap, 200m to go, and this is where my good pacing paid off. Down the back stretch I move to the right and pass two more...feels like I'm flying now...strong and slightly closing on the leader...Into the final turn and I've got hi....wait, dude, what the fuck, where did you get that kick?. I just couldn't catch him on the home stretch and he beat me by a 1-1/2 seconds. Damn those young legs.
2 seconds slower than last year. If I keep that pace up I have a shot at sub-6 at age 70 I'm extremely happy as i have just started feeling better about my running after a really crappy couple of months last fall. Maybe next year I'll actually put in some mile-specific training to get ready for this thing.
*yes it was a mile as the start/finish lines are not the same
PRs: Marathon (2:55:08; '11) Half (1:21:14; '12) 10k (36:28; '11) 5k (17:48; '11)
DamarisMarathon Maniac, Ultra Runner
PRs: 24:57 (5K); 51:25 (10K); 42:46 (5 Miles); 2:04:31 (HM); 4:34:09 (Marathon); 8:00 (Trail 50K)
Next: San Francisco Marathon * Chicago Marathon * MCM * Ft. Myers Beach Marathon * Philadelphia Marathon * Space Coast Marathon * WPB Marathon
Damaris Runs with Asthma
Awesome! Sounds like a fun race.
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles ... The credit belongs to the [wo]man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again… and who,…, if [s]he fails, at least [s]he fails while daring greatly, …" Teddy Roosevelt
Nice racing! That sounds like a lot of fun. Our local university had a similar "open" indoor meet this past weekend, but its not really advertised much and I'm too shy to go sign up and run with the mainly college track team kids that run it; I'd probably finish dead-last, even with a sub 5:30 mile...
You may be right
Well done. Sounds like you rocked it!
When I was in college we had an indoor track. I always liked runnning on them. Beats a treadmill any day (in my book). I haven't seen one since college. Although I have been told there's one in the rec center a few towns over.
Don't believe everything you think.
Nice! Great racing, congrats on a good showing. I wish I could find some track races around here, they sound like fun!
Middle Distance Runner
Nice to see someone else here who runs and likes the mile with its competition. I love that feeling and experience you describe of running in a pack, wondering how long you can hold pace, will you be able to out kick the pack... I hope you have more opportunities to race this indoor season.
2013 Goals: Mile - 7:45 (SB 7:53.74); Run first ultra marathon (Sep 21)
Great job! sounds like a very different race from anything I've done or heard about on here! You rocked it!
5K (6 total) PR: 28:16 (5/5/13) 10K (2 total) PR: 1:05:02 (5/19/13) 4M (2 total) PR:44:46 (4/7/13) [yet to "race" one of these all-out] HM TBD 10/12/13
Capitol Hill Classic 10K 5/19/13
Baltimore 10 Miler 6/15/13
NY Giants Run of Champions 5K 6/23/13
Goal Race of 2013:
Baltimore Half Marathon 10/12/13
Chief Unicorn Officer
Awesome!! That sounds like a really cool race; I wish we had something similar near me.
Mile 5:49 - 5K 20:08 - 10K 43:06 - HM 1:36:54
Sweet! Nice race, Fuzzy!
5:17???? Fuzzy, you are so flipping fast! What a great race! That bumping around stuff would've bugged me a bit too, but it sounds like you weren't too rattled. Fantastic job!
Holy smokes!! You are soooo freaking fast, Fuzzy!! Congrats on a great race!!
But The Smile That I Sent Out Returned With You.
I think I would like to run more of these races. There is a local D3 college that has an open indoor meet coming up. Might have to check that out.
I need some cowbell!
in Borat voice...Very nice! Congrats man!
2013 Goals-as of 4/15
Running: 1600 miles total, 161.5 down-1438.5 to go.
Cycling: 2000 miles total, 526.8 down-1473.4 to go. Riding with my wife on her 1st century
Swimming: 80K total, 17.5 down-62.5 to go.
Wow! Congratulations, Speedy Fuzzy!
PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013
Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013
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