Yesterday I ran my first race since last October!
The Macklind Mile is a one mile race in St. Louis. It’s a fast course because of the elevation drop.
I lined up between the 8 and 9 mile markers. My main goal was to finish under 10 minutes, my stretch goal was to finish under 9, and my if everything goes perfectly goal was to finish under 8.
The course is a straight shot down Macklind.
I started out at a brisk but comfortable pace, not wanting to burn out too early. At the quarter mile mark about 2:15 had passed so I decided to pick up the pace a little. I passed some people and felt good. At the three quarter mile mark a little boy cheered “you can do it!” Shortly after, the finish line in sight, I decided to sprint and passed several more people.
(I’m on the left)
I almost finished under 8 minutes! Last year I ran it in 7:27, but I was running more miles then and not coming off an injury.
Then we watched the elites run. This guy finished in 4:10!
She finished in 4:53! Zoinks!
Then we watched the quarter mile kids’ race.
The first kids down the hill were the oldest and fastest.
I don’t know this kid but he looked right at me.
Then the littler ones ran through.
Not all the kids were so happy to be running.
That little boy ended up being carried over the finish line. Maybe next year he’ll cross it on his own.
Next race–Freedom 4 Miler on Saturday!