I ran my third Macklind Mile this morning.
I had very low expectations since my last 5k didn’t go well and my runs this week have felt hard. I thought I would try for about 8 minutes, which would put me ahead of last year’s time. I decided to not carry anything with me, so I had no music and no on the run pictures. All the wonderful pictures here were taken by Tracy.
At the beginning of a run I tend to feel like a sack of bones pounding against the pavement. Since this race was so short I needed to be ready to go, so I opted to do a light warm up jog for a little over a mile. Then I stretched and waited for the women’s 8:50am start.
The horn went off at 8:51am and we headed down the first hill. I knew I was running faster than planned but decided to go with it and take advantage of the elevation drop. I slowed a bit when we started up a gradual hill and focused on reaching the women ahead of me and passing them.
At the quarter mile split I checked my watch and was around 1:37, which is great. At the half mile mark I was at 3:39, still ahead of schedule. At that point I stopped looking and just focused on turning my legs over and listening to my breathing.
As we crossed Chippewa I could see the finish and tried to look away; I really don’t like seeing the finish when there is that much left to run. As I got closer to the finish I could see the clock was in the low 7s. I made my last push, passed a couple women, and finished!I’m not sure what was going on with the woman on the left, but I was super happy. I ran the second half faster than the first!
I finished the race feeling strong, which never happens, especially when running a mile. Usually I feel and look like death. The fact that I felt so good afterward has me kicking myself that I didn’t press harder, say, 5 seconds harder. I could have run a mile in the 6s! Oh well. That’s something to shoot for. In the meantime I will focus on the fact I just ran the fastest mile of my life. I ran faster than my previous PR set as a 14 year old, 7:15. Yay!
Kids in running shorts = adorable.
What a great day!