The mile is an interesting race for a post-collegiate, non-elite runner. You don’t really do much “race specific” training for that distance. Training for a 5k doesn’t even compare for training for a mile, let along half-marathon training! Yet, on May 7th I lined up with about 2,100 other runners and raced 1 mile down Nicollett Mall in downtown Minneapolis.
The multi-wave start meant that there were probably closer to 20-50 runners in my wave – the USATF-MN Team and Open Wave which went off at 7:53pm. Over an hour after the mass wave. I probably should have raced with my age-group so I would have had more competition around me and wouldn’t have gotten passed by a swarm of almost sub-elite women!
This year’s TC 1 Mile also served as the US 1 Mile Championship, featuring runners like Shannon Rowbury, Sara Hall, Jon Rankin and David Torrence.Torrence actually broke 4:00, winning $10,000 and Rowbury missed her money mark by 2 second running a 4:30. Both were great races to watch. I did see Ryan Hall right after the elite women ran by, but he was on his way to see Sara so I didn’t stop him. This also means Flotrack was there so be sure to check out their coverage.
My official finish time of 5:26 is a 1 second PR over last year’s performance so for that I should be happy. I am pleased with that. Asked about my expectations I said “I’m not as fresh as I was last year, but I’ve done more speed work. So somewhere between 5:15 and 5:30.” I hit that pretty well.
I began feeling by quads about a 1/4 into the race – maybe at the top of the initial incline, and maybe because of my 1:17 split. A little aggressive but I was trying to take it out a little easy! My body quickly reacted to the pain of moving so fast and then my mouth became really dry and my throat started to burn. It was 74, dry, with a slight cross-breeze. I came through the 1/2 mile in 2:39 having run a 1:22 second 1/4. I really struggled to keep myself together passing through a ton of cheer zones and cheering people. Half-way through and feeling it. The third 1/4 was 1:26 and the flow of passing women had stopped except for this one wearing green. We ran past 3 guys wearing full green suits who let out a huge cheer and screamed for her. We fought back and forth for most of the rest of the race until I dropped the hammer (albeit a small one) for a final surge into the finish. My last 1/4 was 1:19. For a 5:26 official time.
My throat continued to hurt until mid-day on Friday. We were all coughing and hacking for the rest of the evening we spent relaxing downtown.
Here is a map of the course which is mostly downhill but as you can tell with the below elevation chart it isn’t exactly all downhill. According to my Garmin it does have a net elevation loss of 6ft!
Updated: In the comments Nathan disputed the elevation data from my Garmin. So I looked at MapMyRun.com’s data for the mile stretch and it looks pretty similar. Here is a chart I created from their information.
[tags] TC1Mile, TC 1 Mile, Mile, Hall, Rowbury, Road Mile, Torrence, Minneapolis, Nicollett Mall [/tags]