Monday, August 25, 2008

Announcing the 1 Mile Virtual Race

That's right folks. Forget about those looong 8 mile, 9 mile and 10k virtual races that another blogger puts together. It's time for a short virtual race! I have been working on breaking the 5 minute barrier, and I'd love to do it with all of my running blogging buddies.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. So many of you have been such a wonderful source of encouragement in this quest of mine. It only seems fitting that we experience this milestone together. All you have to do is run 1 mile as fast or as slow as you want anytime between September 1st and 7th. You are welcome to write a race report about your own mile. Then just leave a comment once you've finished. You know the drill.

Feel free to snag the logo for your blog or the widget countdown in my sidebar. I'd really appreciate you spreading the word and getting this race out there.

So please let me know if you'd like to participate and kick out this monumental mile with me. This will be so amazing knowing I've got all of you out running with me. Let's break through that barrier together!

61 comments:

Nitmos said...

I can't commit being in full blown marathon training. I'm so full blown, if a had chicken pox, my face would be covered in spots right now. I'll try to slide a fast mile in somewhere that week. It sounds like fun!

Blyfinn said...

I have a 5k that day so I will use it as an interval training that week.

J~Mom said...

I am in! I think my fastest mile ever is 9:20 so maybe I will try to break that....maybe. LOL

Non-Runner Nancy said...

That's an awesome idea. Everything is EWF (easier with friends!!) I'm totally in. If you go for 5, I'll go for 10. :D

Maximus said...

Read about the 1 mile challenge on Non-Running Nancy's blog. I'm in, but I think my goal is a 6 minute mile. 5 is just a tad to fast for me.

Marcy said...

I'm in! I honestly don't know how fast I can run a mile LMAO! I hope in the 6's?!? I don't know. We shall soon find out.

Jess said...

Got the tip off about your race from Nancy's blog! I am so in!

Kate said...

Heard about the race on Nancy's blog... I'm in :)

Nat said...

Flipped over from Nancy blogs. One mile eh? She promises your nice to the slow pokes who can only do a five minute mile if they drive it. :)

Lani said...

You know I'm in. We'll see if I can get a PR and break 8:00. :-)

Marlene said...

Noooo idea how fast (or slow?) I can run a mile, but I'm in!

Sonia said...

Fun idea!! I'm in! My Dad too =)

MCM Mama said...

Another one here from Nancy's blog. I'm going to try to break the 8:00 mark...

Jess said...

Hi, I'm here via Nancy, and I'm in! Although, if I were you I'd've just take that 5:09 and lied :)

Rachel Jayne Stevenson/Rogers said...

Will give it a try! (Another from Nancy's blog!)

L*I*S*A said...

I'll try to run 1 of my miles fast just for the cause. I'll be in the midst of one of my three Dances With Dirt 100K relay legs, but what the heck!

Greg Johnson said...

I found out from Nancy's blog. Count me in!

crankygirl said...

It's been a long time since I broke a 10 minute mile. I'm gonna try that. Terrific idea!

Wendy said...

I'm in! I think I'll try for a sub 8 min. mile.

Good luck with your sub 5!

Makita said...

I'm so in there! In fact, it will likely be a family affair - can't wait! :D

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I'm in! I think I can run a single mile in 8 something, but won't know til I try. :)

USJogger said...

Another participant who came over from Nancy's blog. Don't you have any friends of your own?

Anyway, count me in. I ain't comin' anywhere near 5 minutes, though. Eight. Maybe.

Nikemom said...

way caool! i'm in.

Marci said...

Sounds like fun. Count me in.

The Happy Runner said...

V. cool idea! I'm in!

I hope all of this virtual support gets you below 5 for your mile!

And, hey, congratulations on doing 100 push ups. I'm stuck on week 4 so I am really impressed by those of you who've actually been able to crank out the hundred. That's awesome!

Michelle J said...

I am in!!! My fastest mile was 9.19 so i want to beat that to the ground!!!

Michelle

Holly said...

I'm in! I linked over from Marcy :)

Beth said...

I love this idea - I'm in. I linked here from Nancy's site where I've been lurking for a while. I'm a snail - I hope to get something under 9:00. My usual mile is about 9:15. I'll be sending you some sub 5 mile vibes on the 6th - Good Luck!!

bill carter said...

Hi Reid

I am always so impressed by your tenacity and this sub 5 min/mile has really gotten under your skin. And I think that is really a cool thing and something you will certainly accomplish. BTW, I'm in for the 1 mile challenge and am looking forward to it.

Congrats on the 2nd place and that must have been a great runner to have just gotten past you.

Best of luck with everything.

Pat said...

Count me in. I won't PR, but I can do a mile.

I haven't been to you blog in a while. It looks great.

Victoria said...

Just ended up here from Nancy's blog, and now that I found out I can let my shredded hamstring rest for a week or so, I'm in-- maybe for the 6 min. barrier-- definitely not the 5!

Carly said...

I found this off Nancy's blog and I am in. This is the perfect "welcome back to running" distance.

good luck breaking the 5 minute barrier!

Ovens2Betsy said...

Hmmm... do you offer a training plan with this?

My fastest mile was 7:32 during an 8-mile VO2max workout. I'm hoping to beat that!

Nikki said...

I can fit in 1 fast mile! I'll try to beat my best ever of 8:02!

Run For Life said...

I'm in!

runninragged.us said...

Count me in, even though you will be twice as fast as me.

Good luck!

Linden said...

I'm in, and I'm trying to get some of my friends in too.

Tiger Lily said...

I'm new and I'm in! Wandered over from Nitmos.

Christie said...

I found out about this through Marcy. Count me in.

Christy said...

Count me in. I am not sure how fast/slow my mile will be.

Vava said...

Awesome idea! Not sure if the knee will let me try going fast for a change, but if I feel up to it I will definitley try to push 4 laps of the track!

kara said...

Good luck on your personal goal. Sounds like you're ready!
I will try and beat my own PR of 7:15

Nicole said...

I will try to do mine in 7 minutes. I haven't really ever tried running a mile as fast as I can. I did one Mile race once, but I was in costume, it was uphill, and I wasn't treating it like a race.

Question: Can I count this as a "race" in Buckeye?

;)Running Bébé
http://runningbebe.blogspot.com

Nicole said...

Sorry, I forgot to say GOOD LUCK!!!!

Running Bébé
http://runningbebe.blogspot.com

AK said...

I'm in. Goal... run it under 7.

merrymishaps said...

Good luck! I'm nowhere near that fast. Once I broke 8 minutes, maybe I'll try to do it again this weekend!

Pat said...

I did my virtual mile tonight. You can read my story at

http://patsrunning.blogspot.com/2008/09/my-virtual-mile.html

It was a blistering 10:14. After 2 laps I thought about you and figured you would be finish up your mile.

Nitmos said...

Hi Reid. As I explain in my post, I can't vouch for my time as Garmin seemed a little off to me. But here is my one mile report here

Pokey said...

I'm with Nitmos...my Garmin must have been *off* too!!! ;)

http://slowpokerunnergirl.blogspot.com/2008/09/virtual-mile-little-humble-pie.html

Marcy said...

Alrighty I clocked in at 6:58 :-) Thanks homie!

Makita said...

I did it a week early as I had an opportunity to run sans jogging stroller... Good thing I did, for now I have a terrible head cold.

My time? I'm pleased to say I made my goal of under 7... 6:58 !!

J~Mom said...

Here is my report:

http://momistri-ing.blogspot.com/2008/09/one-mile-race-report.html

Leah said...

I'm in. Don't laugh-but my goal is under 10. My fastest so far is 10:22. GOOD LUCK TO YOU!! You're an inspiration..

Michelle J said...

http://runningdowndreams.wordpress.com/

Hey Reid, so here is my race report!!! I am happy with my time i think. I still need to pick up the pace a bit though!!!

Thanks for this!! Hope you have a great weekend!!

Michelle

Spartan7 said...

Knocked it out and wow, it was cool! My race report is at Life Should Be Run

Good luck and thanks for the challenge!

ShoreTurtle said...

Best of luck!

I ran a virtual mile during my speed work today.

http://www.shoreturtle.com/blog/?p=1515

Greg Johnson said...

Got er done during a 5k race today.

Race report is at http://www.gajohnson.org/gregjohnson/2008/09/sublimity-harvest-festival-5k-race-report.html .

Thanks for putting on the 1 mile virtual race!

gaj

Marci said...

I put up my report. Thanks for organizing this Reid!

Nikemom said...

Thanks Reid. I posted my results on my blog.

http://nikemomof2.blogspot.com/

Linden said...

Way to go on beating your goal time!!!

My race report is up at http://xgravity23.blogspot.com/2008/09/1-mile-virtual-race-report.html

My time: 8:19
My Husband's (Rob) time: 6:17

SuperDave said...

I'm always a day late and a dollar short! I did mine today.
Not my fastest, but 8:02.
Awesome idea!
Looking forward to another!