Thursday, December 24, 2009

Virtual Winter Misery One Miler ...

I partook in my first virtual race today - The Winter Misery One Miler hosted by RunningLaur. I had never heard of this "virtual race" thing before but instantly wanted to be a part of it. I was totally psyched about the distance. I have been itching to do a mile time trial, but have been putting it off. Now I had the perfect reason to try.

So this afternoon, I headed outside (for the first time in ... well too long). The temperature was 34 which contributed to some dicey conditions. The roads are still rather icy from last weekend's storm and I found myself dodging black ice and shortening my stride to keep myself from falling. I ran as hard as I possibly could without wiping out and never looked at my watch. There were moments when I thought I might die. But I didn't. I finished. And rather quickly (for me anyway) ...

McMillian says that based on my 5K time, I should be able to do a mile in 7:18. I think that is pretty dead on given ideal conditions (ice is not ideal). Perhaps another goal for 2010 ...

4 comments:

Zoƫ said...

7:33 is great in that cold! :)

Jenn said...

Nice work!! I've never done a mile time trial or a virtual race! I think I'm missing out! Hope you had a great Christmas!

momof3 said...

can't wait until I'm running again, because I am SO going to host a Team Run-Like-A-Mother virtual race on our blog. We totally need to do it... don't you think?

Christina said...

A mile time trial is a great way to judge your fitness. Your mile estimate based on McMillian sounds like it could be accurate based on the right conditions. Do you have a track to time on or just the roads. If you can run on a track, it is easier to break down the per lap time and try and run that. Even better is if you can have a friend pace you or at least time you. Good job with the virtual mile. Maybe next time I'll participate too.