Preparing for a race

One of my goals this year is to run in a real race. I plan to run the 5K in the Prairie Fire Marathon in October.

However, if I get good enough, and I will get good enough, I might run the half marathon!

In order to prepare for my race, I have to time my miles.

I haven’t timed my mile in years.

Why?

I do not need to know how slow I am. That’s why.

But I have to face the numbers if I want to do well in my race, especially if I want to pace myself properly.

How-To Time Your Mile
Runner’s World’s One Magic Mile recommends that a runner should time his or her mile every one to three weeks to track progress and set realistic goals.

First, warm up by jogging for 10 minutes, and then doing four 100-meter accelerations. The first time I did an acceleration was at Shocker Fitness with Ashley. Oh, I miss her. And I miss the Shocker Fitness crew.

After the warm up, time your mile and your normal running pace.

Take the first lap easy to reserve energy for the finish. On the track at the YMCA, I will have to take the first four laps easy, which equals one lap on a regular track.

Your timed mile can be used to predict your pace for your 5K race and for long runs.

Timing my mile and preparing for my race means I have to get off the treadmill and get out of the park and hit the track.

The track at WSU where I worked out with Shocker Fitness is usually closed to the public so I will have to find a different track. The track at the YMCA is much smaller than a regular track and a mile is approximately 11 laps, which is fine…

But I prefer four laps with long straightaways and big curves. Runner’s World provided a Beginner’s Guide for track training, and I love the advice: stride on the straightaways and jog around the curves.

Maybe I can find a local high school who will let me use the track at night!