Mile #2: Dart for Art 2016

Sorry for the delay in getting this race recap posted. I got distracted last week by registering for classes (So excited! So nerdy!). And to be honest, a one mile race recap was kind of difficult to write because the entire race is over so quickly. It went something like this: “Wow, this feels really hard…I might die…and it’s over.”

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Neon orange shoes near the center

My goal for the race was to break 6 minutes with a fall back goal of earning a new PR (6:16.7). I ended up finishing in 6:07.7 and honestly have no issue with having missed my top goal.

Dart for Art is a mile race that is part of the kick off for the Ann Arbor Art Fair. There are three separate races: elite men, elite women, and open. I didn’t recognize the winner of the men’s race, but the top female was Shannon Osika, who I recognized from watching the Olympic Trials a few weeks ago.

I knew going into the race that the late start (6:30 PM) and weather were going to be a factor in my finish time. With temperatures in the 80s I was so glad it was a short race. I would not have wanted to be racing anything longer. While I’m sure the weather slowed everyone down, I’m not sure if I would have been able to break 6 minutes had it been cooler. After the first half mile I was fading HARD.

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I spent the second half of the race trying to keep up with two women running a few steps in front of me. As we got closer to the finish line, I made it my goal to just hang on to their pace and be happy with a small PR. And then I realized that was not the way to RACE, so I somehow managed to dig a little deeper and find my finish line kick. I ended up finishing between the two of them and I am so proud of myself for not giving up and just coasting to the finish (not that a 6:XX pace ever feels like I am coasting).

Between a 9 second PR and keeping my mental game strong (something I really messed up in Charlevoix) I am so happy with how this race turned out. I wish there were more mile races so I could see just how fast I can go, but I also don’t think I could devote a whole training season to focusing on the mile. Maybe one year I’ll get lucky and we’ll have a cold snap on race day.

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6 thoughts on “Mile #2: Dart for Art 2016

  1. Congratulations on your new PR! That’s a pretty big PR for a mile race too, especially in the heat and in the evening. I bet if it was a morning race and a cooler day, you might’ve had a good shot at going sub-6. But at least you’re content with the 6:07 and it’s an excellent time. Crazy that Olympic Trials athletes were there at your race, too!

    We only have one road mile race here, and I’m not sure I’ll do it (I leave for Seattle that week, and I doubt I want to race a mile 2 days before I leave when I’m training for a half). I actually think it would be fun to race different and shorter distances, I mean very few adults have RACED a mile unless they ran in college- most of us just remember the mile from the PE tests of high school.

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    • Ah yes, the mile PE test. I was not a runner back then and if I am remembering correctly could barely break 10 minutes. I’ve come a long way since high school.

      Too bad that mile race falls at such an inconvenient time; I’m sure you’d crush it. But I’d probably end up passing as well. It would be too hard for me to get in the miles needed for half training with a trip that week too.

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  2. Congrats on the PR and for toughing it out to RACE there at the end! I can only imagine how hard the end of a one miler is! Eeek!

    So exciting that you’ve registered for classes! I used to always get so stressed out during registration period because I was afraid that I wouldn’t get the classes or the class times I wanted! I mean, who wants to take statistics at 8am on a Monday? haha!

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    • Thank you!
      Back in the day I would have never wanted an 8am class, but now that I am at work at 7 most days it doesn’t sound that bad. My biggest concern was that since I am only going part time I would miss taking a class this fall that would turn out to be a pre-req for every class I want to take this winter.

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  3. Goodness, I need to catch up on my reading. I was wondering where you went, I didn’t realize that you moved your blog to wordpress (good for you). Can’t wait to read the past few months of updates speedy!

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