one little mile

lately i haven’t been quite *there* mentally when i go to track.  for whatever reason i just kind of lost my fire that i had towards it at the beginning of the year.  i go through the motions, get the workouts done, but haven’t quite been pushing myself like i was earlier this year, or at least i haven’t felt like it.  i just feel slow, like it’s always hard and i am never thrilled with how i do. 

it could be the newness wore off so i am not seeing as big of improvements?  it could be it’s been hot with being summer time and that just makes it seem harder? it could be i am just going through a mental slump towards it? who knows really.

last night i was hoping that after having two weeks off of the track i would find my fire.  it was much cooler than it has been, i was coming off a day of rest, i was hoping all the stars would align so i could have a good workout.

i warmed up for a couple miles, did drills with the team and lined up to get started.

workout: 3×1600 with 400 jog in between

1 – 7:14 this feels pretty good, not going all out but pushing hard, but 1600s are long!  happy with this split… let’s keep them here.
2 – 7:20 i hate this, i don’t think i want to do track anymore.  i am stopping after this one.  why do i even come to these workouts?

really i pretty much considered stopping.  i felt terrible and did not want to go anymore.  i don’t know what it is but my mind just immediately went negative. 

we regrouped and my friend that leads the workouts said “ok aron sub 7:14 on this one” in front of everyone.  i laughed.  he happened to be cooling down at this point, so when we started running again he was positioning himself not far in front of me.  his gap would get a little bigger but it was still close enough that i didn’t want him to get too far ahead, that i was still chasing him.  everytime we hit the lap he would call out my time and say something (although i couldn’t hear him at all with the wind), but i knew he was having me chase him and he was timing me.  chris was doing his stretches at this point and would cheer for me each time i passed him.

the first couple laps i knew i was pushing harder than usual for mile repeats. the 3rd lap i knew i slowed down a bit. the 4th lap i was pushing really hard.  i had no idea what my pace was going to be but i just was hoping it would be faster than 7:14.

i came around the last turn straight into the wind, put my head down, pumped my arms and gave it my all to the finish and looked at my watch.

3 – 7:08

i got a high five from my friend and caught my breath and started my cool down.  he said i was running a 7 flat pace for all the laps except the 3rd one.  just think if i would have held on just a little more, but i was still very happy with myself.

i think i found my track fire.  i think i just needed a confidence boost, to know i could do it and now i know.  it’s been a while since i have had a good mile repeat and gotten my last one as my fastest, so i think i have been doubting myself and i just need to have a little more faith.

i want to have all my repeats be that fast and wanting doesn’t get you anywhere if you don’t try and don’t work for it.  i want to see a 6 at the beginning of one and i know i can get there if i keep on working.  it’s not fun, it hurts, but you just gotta keep working hard and it will pay off, and that feeling at the end when you did do it is so worth it.

all that from one little mile.

total workout: 6.0 miles/51:21/8:30 avg pace

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28 Responses to one little mile

  1. Lacey Nicole September 22, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    yay! what a great post title and explanation. believe believe!!!!! :) love the "finishing" feeling for sure. way to hit it.

  2. Emz September 22, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    We all have these days —- you killed it though.

    Way to push through!!

  3. misszippy September 22, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    Love that one mile can give you your mojo back! Way to nail it.

  4. Marlene September 22, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    Mile repeats are serious business! Way to gut it out and pull off a stellar split! You have sub 7's in you for sure.

  5. k September 22, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Great post- and great job!

  6. Running and living September 22, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    The nice thing about mile repeats (which are the hardest, I think) is that once you get a faster one, your body gets accustomed to that pace and next time you can do better. I always use my Garmin for my track workouts, bc I love to see my pace. It's like having a pacer, I can;t let the pace go slower, I need to chase the fast pace. Great job!

  7. ShutUpandRun September 22, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Way to go and you saved the stronget one for last!! I agree. It takes a lot of mental prowess to head to the track.

  8. marathonmaiden September 22, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Those are some serious miles! Great work :) You get a huge virtual high 5 from me!

  9. Denise September 22, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    i guess you're happy to stuck with it. it won't all be easy or fun but the important thing is that you're sticking with it…and kicking butt!

  10. lindsay September 22, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    Aww it's like a coming-of-age story. :) Love it! Thank goodness for motivating friends to help from time to time. Way to persevere!

  11. shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama September 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    Nice job getting it done and quickly! You really know how to push through.

  12. Marathon Maritza September 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm #


    Glad you felt better after track!

  13. teacherwoman September 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    Great job, girl!

  14. Her Name is Rio September 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    Wish I could find my track fire. Haven't seen since high school. LOL.
    Glad you found yours!

  15. Keri September 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    Congrats on a tough workout!

  16. J September 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Great job Aron! I feel that track workouts are so mental! I know that I am always thinking bad thoughts and wanting to quit about 3/4 of the way through. Its great to push through and accomplished the workout!

  17. Amy September 22, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    This is a very inspiring story to read, thanks for sharing more good thoughts. Nice blog too.


  18. onelittletrigirl September 23, 2010 at 5:14 am #

    Wooooohoooo! Glad you found the mojo!

  19. Nicole September 23, 2010 at 5:31 am #

    Way to go! Track workouts are gruesome, but that's the kind of stuff that makes you better. I'm sure you'll be seeing "6's" in no time!

  20. Kristen September 23, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    What a great post. Isn't it crazy the emotions that come with running? Great job pushing through and finishing strong.

  21. Tricia September 23, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    great job pushing through

  22. Mica September 23, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    I can see how it would be easy to get burned out with track workouts. Good job pushing through the mental (physical?) barrier and bringing home the last mile with an awesome split!

  23. Karen September 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Look at you!!!! Way to push yourself! :o)

  24. I Run for Fun September 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    I've just started doing track workouts and boy are they tough! Way to go! Those are amazing splits.

  25. Jamie September 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm #

    awesome! love when 1 little thing or mile can turn everything around!

  26. Tara September 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    great job girl! I think mile repeats are the most mentally daunting. It's awesome that you have great teammates to push you and help you get your fire back! I know you will see a 6 in front of there very soon :)

  27. Glenn Jones September 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    I know the feeling. I've been suffering from loss of mojo ever since the L.A. Marathon. Unlike you, I tried to fight it. I finally decided to get off the track and change things up by trail running. Instead of interval, I'm doing hills on the trail and loving it again. Sometime you just need to change things up to keep it fresh and motivating.

  28. Amy September 28, 2010 at 4:54 am #

    Good job, keep it up and you will get much better result. Nice post too.


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