Sunday, December 26, 2010

Adam's Open Mile Race Report!!

Distance: 1 mile (Garmin distance 1.01 mile)
Time: 5:22.11
Place: 1 out of 1 Overall, 1 out of 1 AG


One of my 2010 goals was to run an accurately measured mile...and then stop.  I'd never ran a mile race or a mile time trial purely for speed.  My mantra has always been that I'm built for distance, not for speed (that's what she said).  I don't have massive quads to be fast at the track and don't focus on distances even half that long.  But, I was tired of the hole in my running history and decided to go for it.

So, with 2010 drawing to a close, on Christmas Eve morning I packed up the family and headed out to the local high school track to run. It was around 45 degrees when we got up and got going, but to my Arizona acclimated wife, that means: Arctic tundra.  Somewhere under 2 shirts, mittens, a hat, and 2 blankets is my son...maybe.

Unfortunately though, because my quaint docile suburb is apparently crawling with 15 year olds with too much time and not enough chores nor supervision....all of the rubberized tracks within 5 miles of my house were locked up tight for Christmas break.  While I was thinking about tossing my son over the 6' fence (don't worry, he'd be strapped in) I was trying to decide what you could actually DO to a track / football field that would require locking it up......  Make out on the 50 yard line?  Dye your hair red and listen to rock and roll really loud?  What the crap do kids DO nowadays that is so bad to require huge padlocks!?  Annoying.

After 45 minutes of driving around (2 high schools and 1 community college), we succumbed to my "normal" gravel track at a middle school that is only 1.5 miles from my house.  As you can imagine, my wife was super excited to be spending her Christmas Eve morn visiting the local educational facilities - just like she is excited for the next season of American Idol without Simon.

Excited to watch American Idol, but pissed that it will never be the same

Eventually we FINALLY pulled into the middle school track that wasn't locked up tighter than Mandy Moore's chastity belt.  I guess middle schoolers don't cause any trouble?  (Must be all of the raging hormones that keep them busy.)  Unfortunately, right as we were pulling up the pre-race coffee and 2x caffeine PowerBar gel were finally taking their toll on my insides.  I think you can see why I love running at this middle school track.  Easy access.

Once I got to the track and got my little mummy baby unpacked, I realized that they had JUST re-groomed the track surface to be as close to level as possible.  Score.  The reason I was so looking forward to running on a rubberized "track surface" track because running on gravel will be just a touch slower. When you are pushing off as much as you need to when running a mile you need all the traction you can get. That is why the 'real' runners wear track spikes.

The other reason why I wanted to find a non dirt track was that a mile is actually just a bit longer than 4 laps around.  Most tracks are 400m long and a mile is actually 1609m.  On a rubber track, the start/finish minus 9m mark is very clear.  On the dirt track it was quite a bit more difficult to find, but I eventually did track it down.  (Track, get it - I was on a track?? har har - Feel free to reuse that joke.)

Not a footprint in sight

Here is the 1 mile start - with my foot drag marking the start line

Since I was going to be running a mile I decided that I would pull ALL of the stops out. I unloaded my colon. I was going to be wearing my Brooks Green Silence racing flats and was going to ditch my supportive "Runner's Knee" straps (was wearing them in the port-o-pot picture above).  I've been wearing them for 3 years and I thought that I could manage running without them for a mile.  Unfortunately, I have to admit that without them I felt a bit...naked.  But I think that without them I could kick back further without worrying about the straps falling down or getting in the way.  Worth it!

No straps = feeling naked.  (I may have had shorts on during this picture.  Probably not though)

Oh right, the running..........
0-0.25 mi (402m) - 1:13 (4:52 pace)
"Awwww crap, WAYYYY too fast" As you can see in the video that I posted below, I went out WAY too fast on the first lap.  In fact, when I was about 150m in, I saw my Garmin flash a 4:20 pace. Ouch. This is a direct result of too many beer cans to the forehead not knowing what a 5:20 pace feels like.

0.25-0.50 mi (804m) - 1:22 (5:29 pace)
"Ok, this is starting to suck, am I about done yet? I wonder if Steven Tyler can actually be as good as Simon on American Idol?"  Honestly, I don't remember much about this lap.  I slowed down substantially - both on purpose as well as not on purpose.  I was already starting to feel tired....two minutes in.

0.50-0.75 mi (1206m) - 1:24 (5:38 pace)
"Ugggghhhhhhhhhhhhh"  Prior to running the mile I tweeted Steve @ Steve in a Speedo, who had just ran his own mile race (in 4:53!!!), and he said that the 3rd lap would be the hardest.  He.was.right.  This lap sucked and the goal was to just hold on.

0.75-1.0 mi (1609m) - 1:21 (5:23 pace)
"Just hold on....Just hold on...."  This lap sucked basically as bad as you would expect.  I felt like I was sprinting the entire lap.  My legs were burning and my LUNGS were burning.  But, I kept thinking to myself that it would be over VERY shortly.  And, fortunately it was!

So, what did I learn with this little 5 minute torture test?
  • I need to practice my mile run pacing.  I left a lot of seconds on the table because I went out too fast
  • Additionally, this test is probably worth doing again on a rubber track. I'll bet I could easily be 3 or 4 seconds faster with better footing
  • Not wearing my knee straps makes my underwear fall off
  • When I run flat-out like I did, I get a bit of exercise induced asthma.  I was hacking and coughing like the Marlboro man for the rest of the day
  • Even while running fast, I heel strike a LOT more than I thought I did


Here is a video of me running the mile.  It is literally the most boring 5:22 of your life.  Things to note are how I went out WAY too fast (watch the first few seconds and then skip to min #2 to see how much slower my leg turnover is), how my wife made fun of me at 5:30 into the video, and how I sounded like I was going to DIE at the end.

43 comments:

Laurie said...

You have the nicest wife ever. And the cutest mummy baby of all time.

Rose said...

Well, hey, you did it, even if it wasn't the awesomest mile you'll ever run, ever.

And thank you for censoring that picture. Even at 4:30pm, it's waaaaaay too early for surprise nudity. hahaha

G said...

Are those roosters in the background in the video???
Congrats on completing the mile run!!

Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS said...

Cool video! Yes, I watched the whole thing. I want a personal videographer too!

Christina said...

wow. 5:23. That's dang fast. Imagine if you were on a rubberized track? And I didn't know that was marked on the track. I'll have to check it out next time I go. Different cities have different rules. Chandler locks, Tempe Doesn't. Phoenix does. I have hopped the fence in Chandler many times and Phoenix only once (the other times its been open). I'd love for a cop to come and ask me what I'm doing...duh....running!

Jill said...

Nice job, Adam!! I am very impressed with your time and know you are just going to keep getting faster and fast as you tweek the first lap pace. I used to do timed miles every 6ish weeks to mark my progress and those things are TOUGH!!!

Great job. Sorry Hayden missed the big debut, hopefully next time!!

Suzanad said...

Ahhkk that looks SO fast!

I was always wondering - is it 1 mile if you use the inner lane? What distance would you run if you did 4x the out-most lane?!

Jen said...

Nice job - and I agree with Laurie, nicest wife and cutest mummy baby ever!

Tim Wilson said...

Congratulations! Great job, you made it look effortless (until the end then you looked like me)

Nice video, that was a great addition to the post.... my wife would never do that for me - I think you should buy your wife something really nice for Christmas.... opps too late!

Luke said...

How come you warned that video was boring and I watched anyway?

Detroit Runner said...

Great time! Your wife in an unbelievably understanding wife. There is NO way my wife would have come with me.

Chris K said...

This was, by far, the best blog post of the year. We need to get a new ESPY's category for best Blog post. So awesome. Your wife rocks, but you knew that.

Cynthia O'H said...

Wow, your wife is amazing to support you with all of that.
And, you are amazing for running that time. Holy crow!

Barefoot Neil Z said...

so... what was you pace in this run?

Colin Hayes said...

That's smokin', dude! That was always my favorite race in high school (and 26 years later, it still smarts that I barely missed breaking 5:00). Someday I'd like to see if I could get back under 6:00 again.
And you're supposed to be dead when you're done. No shame in the game, my man.

Adrienne said...

Your wife is amazing for taping for you on christmas eve. Nice job on the mile. Rubber track I think would definitely be faster but 5:23 is wicked fast in my book. Nice work. And ya, could of done without the surpise nudity picture but at least your keeping me on my toes over here...ha ha.

Quix said...

Nice job. Sad that my bestest mile is 7:07 and someday I will fall to my knees and cry like an american idol contestant making it to the next round when I break into the 6-somethings. Goal for this year!!

You rock!!!

RunningLaur said...

That WAS boring.
But good work, eh?

RunnuRMark said...

I think non-solid surface track screwed you out of more than a few seconds. I bet you could take at least 10 off. I still want to do this test too, someday. Nice work!

Morgan said...

As if you didn't already know this I'll just reiterate that your wife is the greatest woman alive for humoring you!!! :) I swear if we had a couple date her and I would be fast friends!!! The picture was hilarious!!! And because I'm a good friend I watched the video all the way through. It was boring but at least your wife spiced it up at the end! LMAO!!! :P

Tricia said...

Dash came in at the end of the video where you were flapping(?) your arms and said,"Is he trying to fly? Tell him he needs to start by jumping off a rock".

ummm...so there you go....

GeorgiaSnail said...

Great work...now you know that you need to work on the pacign a little....still, that tiem is nothing to shake a stick at...


FWIW, Mandy Moore is married to alt-rocker Ryan Adams...I don't think there is a need for the chastity belt now....

Runners Fuel said...

Good job! Lovin' the baby!!

C2Iowa said...

If you are going to run paces like that -- you MUST have a cape!

Nice work and I see now that I must move to your neck of the woods and get away from this white crap on the ground.

Chad said...

Joe Friel (he taught me everything I know) wrote about bike time trials, and he said the 3rd quarter is the hardest. He's got some good tips on the mental aspect of this.

http://www.trainingbible.com/joesblog/2009/05/time-trial-pacing.html

Anyway, great work out there.

giraffy said...

Haaaaaa.
1. I would have LAUGHED out loud if my husband thought I'd go out in 45* to record him running a mile.

2. Your wife must rock.

3. That was a pretty boring 6+ minutes, but nice time for a mile!

Chanda M. DeFoor said...

Awesome time!

Pam said...

Yep, you're right. Boring. lol

But sweet time!

"Pretty good for a dirt track." haha Like it would have been a sucky time if you were on a rubber one?!

Amy said...

However nice you are to your wife, you need to up it a notch or two. She should get a trophy for her mega support!

ShutUpandRun said...

"Pretty good for a dirt track" is right!! You nailed it. I wasn't bored at all. Especially with the part where you tied your shorts. Fascinating.

You killed it man!

Jess said...

I can't believe your wife endured this. Buy her diamonds. And designer purses. And chocolates. And be sure to rub her feet at night until she falls asleep.

Because that kind of love and devotion is something that NEEDS reimbursement!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Dang you are fast. With a wife and child my guess is it's your subtle way of running away from responsibility, but the fact you did it at a track shows maturity in always returning. The doctor is out.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Would have been faster if you had left Hayden in the car. Less distraction. Awesome mile brother!

The Sean said...

I liked the part where you were running. But also, your post run "recovery"... next time stay closer to the camera... I could see some Will Ferrell coming on there...

Jeri said...

I really enjoy the airplane arms after the race. Do they help with recovery? :p We always had our first track meet of the year on a dirt track, and our times were CONSIDERABLY slower. I'd say my mile time was almost a solid 10 slower than the next meet would be (and I doubt I was improving that much in ~one week's time.) Congrats on a speedy speedy mile!

Laura said...

1. I watched the whole thing beginning to end, and it was more entertaining than doing my expense reports this morning.
2. You should have had your wife blast music out the car stereo for you.
3. I am so glad I didn't go to that middle school; I hate that the houses back onto the track. I would NOT have wanted any more spectators than were in my gym class when we were forced to run on the track.
4. Your form actually still looks awesome in the last lap - I'm impressed.
5. I like that the baby started fussing as soon as he realized you might be coming back soon and actually stopping. (At least I thought he did, but then your wife said he was sleeping).
6. I was sad that your wife moved the camera to focus on Hayden RIGHT when you were finishing. DO OVER!
6. I am amazed that you were stretching and walking after you finished. I probably would have collapsed for a nap on the track surface.

Average A said...

Hey, I just did my first 1-mile race, too (only mine involved other runners)!! It was definitely harder than any "real" distance I've run, and your report could have been lifted straight from my mind. In fact, I think we might be the same person (albeit, you're much faster than me).

Are those roosters I hear? :)

xoxo,
A

Julie said...

Your little man is so flipping cute! It almost makes me want to have another one:) JK, baby shop is officially closed! Take care!

James said...

Way to go on your timed mile. I never understood why tracks are locked up either. What do they think will happen? Someone is going to steal the gravel?

Anonymous said...

found your site on del.icio.us today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

kilax said...

Awesome job! And awesome video. And the naked pic has me laughing pretty hard.

Your wife is pretty awesome!
:)

Nelly said...

I probably should have been following you a long time ago, better late than never!

Nice job on this mile time trial!

I bet if you did a mile on all weather track with spikes, and did some specific mile type workouts before you tried it again that you could break 5 minutes!

Charles Baisden said...

I'm pretty sure I heard flatulence around 5:17. :-)