Today was the big day. I had the time trial for the Track Shack Five and Dime training program to see what group I earned. My goal was to beat a 6 minute mile, because that is what I thought the upper limit was to make the fastest training group. Before the trial, one of the coaches told us that the first group's cutoff was 6:15, so I felt pretty good about my chances. I already ran a 6:18 two weeks ago and I didn't have anyone around me to keep pace.
They asked the entire group of runners beforehand if you think you can run 7 minutes or less, you would run first. They broke the time trial up into two groups. The second group was obviously anyone that didn't think they would run 7 or under.
I did this training group in 2006 and I ran in the slower group. I finished with a time around 7:45. This time around, I ran 6:07. I shaved 11 seconds in 2 weeks off my mile time. That feels great. I was hurting afterwards, but who cares. Here's the breakdown.
1:20 - 1:20
2:55 - 1:35
4:34 - 1:39
6:07 - 1:33
I didn't bring a watch with me, which may have been a mistake. I definitely went out too fast. Would I have done that had I brought my watch? I would have known that I was a few seconds fast on the 220 and might have slowed down, but then again, I might have kept going with the thought that adrenaline will carry me this day. Wouldapalooza. Facts are facts and that's what happened. I felt great on the first lap. I felt pretty good on the second lap. On the third lap, I was so much in oxygen debt that I was panting like a dog. I had to take a few awkward feeling deep breaths just to keep going. The last lap really hurt. As soon as I started the last lap, I gave a quick burst for about 30 yards to try to keep my pace and then tried to stride out the back stretch. I struggled the last curve and then kicked the entire home stretch.
I am still happy with my results. I definitely kicked the last 100 yards down the home stretch and shaved a few seconds off what would have been a 6:10 or more. I even passed a person at the end. That felt good.
I made the fast group. It feels like I made the varsity squad. I also know that I will definitely break 6 minutes after this training session over the next 10 weeks.
Oh yeah, my legs are jelly at the end and Coach Nathan says to jog 3 to 4 miles. Yeah, sure. Why not? I ran 2.75 miles more. I got so far behind the pack at one point that I couldn't see anyone. That's when I took the closest road back to the track.