Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Mile Run - The Good and the Bad

I'm not sure why, but I decided to finish 2010 with an indoor mile - the Roger Messenger Memorial Mile at RIT's Gordon Fieldhouse in Rochester, NY, this past Thursday, December 30, 2010. (see me in photo, in 2nd place).

Result? 5:17.62, 2nd place out of a whopping 8 over 40 runners, most of whom were over 50 (2 in their 40s, 5 in their 50s, and one in his 60s).

The bad? Slower than I hoped. In the back of my mind, I thought sub-5:10 was possible, but it just wasn't going to happen. Perhaps a lack of speed workouts (only did three, and two were on the streets as the track was snow-covered. Could also just be the lack of track races. I did a mile time trial in May (5:43), and have not done any track races since then. This fall was all cross country or trail races, ranging from 5k to 8.3 miles.

The good? 3 seconds faster than my 2009 time, which occurred in September 2009. Thus, at 1 year and 3 months older, I ran 3 seconds faster. At our age, I guess if you run faster in one year relative to the previous year, we can't complain. Also good was just getting back on the track and trying to run a bit faster. It hurt, but it was a good experience. Splits were fairly even, as best as I could tell. I think I was 2:39 at the half, so almost dead even halves. I might have been a bit faster at the quarter, but I can' t quite remember the clock. I might have seen 78 or 79 seconds just past the quarter.

Also good is that I will use this as building into next year. With a fresh year, it is easy to start dreaming of a sub-5 again!


Results below or click on the blog title (scroll down to the Messenger Mile).