As a Galloway training program runner, we have what are called Magic Miles. This is a timed one mile run in order to evaluate your running pace. It helps you determine what you are capable of when running a 5k, 10k, half marathon, etc. For the training program, it is used to place you in a group with other runners with similar times (for more about the magic mile, head over to Jeff Galloway’s site).
Normally, the magic mile is recommended to be done a few times during the year to re-evaluate your progress and how far you’ve come. I didn’t run one after doing the initial magic mile last May however. Since I’m moving up to be a group leader this season, I needed to get my magic mile done before June. So, this morning, I decided to get it done.
In all honesty, I don’t really like doing the magic mile. It’s an all-out push to do one (you run as hard as you can without puking), and it is not easy. It pushed you out of your comfort zone, which is a good thing but I tend to get comfortable going a bit below that zone. I do push myself at races when I want to get a PR of course though. 🙂
After a bit of a warm-up walk and bit of running, I reset my watch and Gymboss and took off. I still use walk breaks on my magic miles, I just walk very fast during them. The last lap though, I do try to run as much of it as possible. Four laps on the school track where we do our track runs equals one mile. The first two laps went pretty good. I hit the first 400 in about 3 minutes, then the second in just over 5 minutes. By the last lap, I was feeling it and just wanted to be finished.
I ended up completing the magic mile in 10:48 this morning, compared to last year’s 11:04. It feels great to see the improvement. I know I can get to 10:30 if I work on my speed more often this coming season. But for now, I’m just happy to see that I’m in the 10 min/mile are now! 🙂