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5th Avenue Mile

Team FITNESS Sprints the 5th Avenue Mile

Written on September 25, 2012 at 2:01 pm , by

Team FITNESS puts on their game face before the race. (Photo courtesy of NYRR)

When was the last time you ran one mile? Just one mile, nothing else. For many, it dates back to high school when you were required to run a timed mile for gym class. But 11 staffers at FITNESS laced up their sneaks last weekend to see how quickly they could pound the pavement in New York City – straight down 5th Avenue, famously known as Museum Mile.

Eight from our editorial staff and three from our advertising team donned black “FITNESS” T-shirts and bright bottoms to step into the gorgeous fall weather Saturday morning for New York Road Runner’s 5th Avenue Mile race. We sprinted the street during the media heat, where we competed against other fun staffers from Runner’s World, Live with Kelly and Michael, and more.

When you’re running only a mile, there’s very little time to develop a strategy. Looking for the mental mindset many of us followed? Follow these tips to run your best mile:

  • First 400 meters – Run at 85% effort. You feel tired, but like there’s a little more to give.
  • Second 400 meters – Run at 75% effort. Catch your breath and get ready for the second half of the race.
  • Third 400 meters – You’re halfway, so it’s time to sprint! Run at 100% effort.
  • Last 400 meters – Give it everything you’ve got. Your chest may or may not feel like it’s going to explode, but it’ll be over before you know it.

After glancing at our official finish times, it looks like the strategy paid off! We have some speedsters on staff – four finished in under seven minutes! We had such a blast running this race, and encourage you to set up your own mile-long race in your community. After all, every mile counts!

Now you tell us: When was the last time you raced a mile?