Even though I just started my taper, I decided to take part in Reid’s 1-mile virtual race to support him trying to set a sub-5-minute mile (which he did! Read about it here). My virtual race was pretty good. I did lots of warm up (3 1/2 miles of it) and plenty of cool down as well (6.5 miles of it).
Prior to this mile, my best time on the mile was 8:24. My only goal for this race was to meet or beat that time. Let me give you my race report, and then I’ll tell you if I met that goal.
It was a beautiful day here in middle Germany. The threat of rain meant the sky was overcast and the temperatures cool with a slight breeze. Since my biggest goal right now is to cross that finish line in Berlin, I did my mile race on our normal running route in the Stadtwald Giessen (instead of on a track) during a training run for The Big One, so I can’t be 100% sure that I ran exactly 1600 meters or 5,280 feet, but we’re pretty sure of the distance–within 10 feet, I’d say.
Rob and I started at the same time, and I had intended to keep pace with him for at least 100 meters, but he smoked me! I realized I couldn’t cover ground as fast as he, so with a “Goodness, you’re fast!” from he, he took off.
I focused on my breathing and got lost in its rhythm, feet pounding in time. Racing past the trees, around the familiar curves of our route through the forest, I pushed and pushed. After half a mile, I felt like it should have been over. But it wasn’t.
I had to work harder now; my body wanted to slow down. A biker passed going up the hill, so a quick smile and eye contact, and then face forward again. “Breathing, left right left right. Where am I? How far? There’s the intersection before the end. The clearing and the pile of cut wood before the final curve. Blue shirt! Rob’s waiting. How long has he been finished? Push, go, keep going.”
And I’m done! Rob announces my time as I pass him: 8 minutes and 19 seconds! “What was your time?” I ask him. He finished in 6:17–his fastest mile time so far. It was a good virtual race!
We walked and drank our mineral waters until we got to the next intersection, where we had left fresh bottles on our way up. We dropped our empty bottles, took the left down the Blue Arrow, and started our “cool down” run.
Total distance: 11 miles
Total run time: 2:07:23 (11:36 pace)
Virtual Mile Official Time: 8:19
Rob’s Virtual Mile Official Time: 6:17