A Disappointing Mile

Hey y’all! So I am waist-deep in real world recovery this week, so I’m trying my hardest not to go MIA again. I do still have plenty of fun stories to share regarding Outdoor Retailer, but honestly, I need to take a mini-break from all the gear talk! However, I have been submitting my gear roundups for Active Junky, so feel free to hop over there and check out my 2014 sleeping bag guide. There will be new ones published soon for packs and shoes!

Millet World Roof

The Millet World Roof

Having said that, let’s talk running. In particular, my running. Y’all, it has not been going as well as I would like!

Along with the entire Front Range, I capitalized on an insane deal awhile back and am registered for the GTIS half marathon this Saturday. They ran a one-day special where registration cost $15, so you can imagine how fast it sold out! Anyway, this was the same race that destroyed my knee last year, so I was hoping for a redemption run. Unfortunately, I’m not sure that’s in the cards for me. I did an average job of building up my mileage and completed one 10-mile run as prep. I also chose to run on some insanely narrow singletrack during this long run, and it quasi-stressed my inner ankle from running on such steep embankments. I’ve ignored it for a few weeks now because it hasn’t seemed like anything major, but the niggle is still there. I’m still planning on running Saturday but I’m already worrying about a last-year reenactment. Nothing like providing excuses ahead of time as to why a race doesn’t go as planned, right?!

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I’m on the left, heading into the second half of the mile

In addition to that first world problem, I am not too thrilled with my mile. Yes, I finally ran a timed mile at CrossFit and I was not happy with it! I’ve always managed to miss the timed mile days at Big Horn, so I made a point to attend this particular WOD. I know I’ve been getting faster, so I was really hoping for a mile time that would demonstrate that improvement. In short, I wanted a mile that was anywhere below 7:00. I realize that isn’t fast for some (and that many of you can maintain that for 26.2!), but breaking into the 6:XX bracket would have made me quite the happy camper! Alas, we all know where this is going….




Here’s the thing: when I crossed the finish line and stumbled into Big Horn’s gym, I definitely felt gassed. I gave it all I had that day, which is all I can really ask for. However, I recovered in like 2.1 seconds and immediately felt disappointed in myself. First of all, two seconds?! I totally could’ve run a few seconds faster! Secondly, I know that I can do better…much better. My 800 time is 3:03! At the very least, I would expect a 6:30-6:35. But alas, that didn’t happen. Or, at least not on that day. Argh.

So, it looks like I’m gonna focus on this little jaunt on the schedule this Saturday, and not worry about my mile for the moment. But, I’m on a mission y’all—that time is going down!


When is the last time you ran a timed mile? Happy with the results?


  • Reply Christy @My Dirt Road Anthem at

    I bet you get it under 7 next time, because you will remember those 2 seconds and want to get rid of them sooo bad! 7:02 is still really awesome 🙂 I haven’t done a timed mile for awhile now, but I know right now I would just hate my time anyway.

    • Reply heather at

      I was wishing I had a watch on because if I had seen how close I was, I KNOW I would’ve forced myself to break the barrier!

  • Reply Marissa @Barefoot Colorado at

    I know it is wasn’t you wanted but GIRL 7 minutes is pretty damn speedy! I don’t think I could do it!

    • Reply heather at

      I bet you could! I just can’t fathom people that can do that for 26 miles!

  • Reply Art at

    I haven’t run a timed mile since high school, and I doubt as whether I’d break 7 minutes now. Had some knee pain on my last run so I’m going to try to do some squats and leg exercises to build up the muscles around it…then maybe I’ll try a timed mile. I usually hover around 9-9:30 per mile!

    • Reply heather at

      Oh yeah, on my regular distance runs I’m anywhere from 9:30-10:30, depending on the day!

  • Reply emily at

    that is so frustrating. 7:02 is nothing to sneeze at though, but that feeling of being so close is not fun. keep up the hard work! 🙂

    • Reply heather at

      Frustrating is the perfect word for it 🙂

  • Reply Corrie Anne at

    Yuck!! I hate running timed miles! I haven’t done one in foreverrr. The closest was when our box did Murph. I did the first mile in the lows 7’s, but I was trying not to push it too hard because I knew what was coming up!!!

    • Reply heather at

      Never done Murph but we had a WOD where we ran a mile, then 1200, then 800, then 600, then 400, and finally 200. I did the first mile there in 7:32 and felt great, so I have no idea what my deal was this day. Sigh 🙂

  • Reply Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb at

    Uh, I’ve got nothing since I’ve never done a timed mile. But I will say this, I have never, I repeat NEVER seen anything lower than 9:00 on my Garmin. So you’ve got me beat!

    • Reply heather at

      I bet you would surprise yourself if you ever set out to crank out one solitary mile– I know you’d kill it!

  • Reply Kayla at

    Just remember every day is different!!! I can’t believe you’re wimping out before the half!! You better wrap that ankle and carry on!

    • Reply heather at

      Pssh wimping out?! Clearly you don’t know me 🙂 Obviously, I’m running!

  • Reply lynne @ lgsmash at

    i have totally been giggling at the word ‘niggle’ – i’ve never heard that before! hope that niggle sees itself to the curb before saturday!!

    i’ve never done a timed mile ever but between you and heidi, i kinda wanna try one and see what mine would be! i’d be ecstatic to see anywhere in the 7s, i think. 🙂

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