My wholly original One Mile Time Trial series is back for a pre-Memorial Day edition! Don't take off for your long weekend until you read this post!
Before we get to the results, I want to point out what a fool I am (and not for the obvious reasons.) The track has two drinking fountains near it. I've run at this location for 10 years now and, every winter, they remove the piping under the fountain so it won't freeze and restore it around Spring Break for the outside sports teams to use again. Except, this year, I did not see the piping return and I was brought to great sadness. I would have no water for my harsh summer intervals unless I supplied it myself and I'm no J.D. Waterpockets.
But then I saw someone drinking from the inoperable fountain the other day. Were they staging an elaborate joke on yours truly? No,no, they actually seemed to give off the satisfied glow of recent hydration. And the chin was unmistakably glistening. So I warily wandered over on guard for hidden cameras and someone shouting, "You got Punk'd!" I depressed the button and a magical stream of looping water appeared before my very eyes. It was a Memorial Day Miracle!
Apparently, they replaced the piping with internal flex lines this year.
As always, the "one mile" is really 1600 meters as in four laps at my local high school track - 30 feet short of an actual mile. As explained before (i.e. horseshoes/hand grenades), close enough. Don't argue.
Act one: 5:39
Act two: 5:38
The lungs and legs are starting to respond. Instead of ridiculous Look-At-The-Fat-Guy-Run huffin' and puffin' I've been doing this Spring, I managed to maintain pretty good composure and form while making my orbits. Laps of 1:22, 1:25, 1:25, 1:22 bringing an Act Three time of:
Still trending in the right direction!
But still a long ways to go to 5:20.