Gettin’ fly. I hope.

The two main reasons that I run are because I want to see how fast and how far I can go. Last year, I ran my first marathon, and that was a good test at the “how far.” I am toying with the idea of doing a 50K someday … but not this year. And I’m not ready to tackle another marathon. So lately I’ve been (telling myself that I should be) focusing on the “how fast.” When I heard about Nike Chicago’s “Gly Fly” program, I was immediately interested.

Basically the program is to see how much you can improve you mile time in one month. Last week was the kick-off, but half of Team Blogger was celebrating the birth and new ACE status of Kim:

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One of our other teammates was out of town, so tonight, three of the four members of Team Blogger headed to Niketown to do our time trail during the first Get Fly track workout.

Sidenote: Running from Niketown to the track at Lake Shore Park was the first time I’ve actually run on the Mag Mile. Finally lived up to my blog name. If only for half a block. 

Other sidenote: Anyone interested in joining me sometime for some Mag Mile Running? Think midnight might be the best time to actually run on the Mag Mile? 

Anywho, after our brief warm-up jog to the track and some dymanic warm-ups, it was time to run our mile. My unofficial mile PR is 7:00 flat, and my 5K PR pace is around 7:11, but my recent 5K pace was 7:24, so I was thinking something around 7:30 would be doable. Plus since this is a time trial and the goal is to improve, you don’t want to totally kill yourself, right?

Running a mile wasn’t super exciting … four laps around a track. Although the views from that track were lovely.

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My stuff was in a locker back at Niketown, so I give you a screen shot from Google Street View. 

I finished my mile in 7:26. So now it’s time to buckle down and train and see how much I can improve in a month. Hopefully this will actually motivate me to buckle down. At the end of the month, there is going to be an actual track meet, with batons and all that. The only event will be the 4 x 1600.

Nike gave us a little schedule to follow – mostly encouraging us to join the free track workouts and group runs from Niketown and free fitness classes at NTC Lincoln Park. I’ve already checked out NTCLP and really like it so far. And … FREE!

I also got to try out Nike’s new Fly Knit shoes. They are like … socks attached to soles. Different, but I actually liked them. I’ve never owned a pair of Nike running shoes. (Just Nike soccer cleats in high school.) I don’t know if these will woo me away from my current rotation of Brooks and Mizuno but I wouldn’t mind trying them out again.

Anyway, see you in four weeks. Hopefully I’m faster.

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16 Comments on “Gettin’ fly. I hope.”

  1. I must admit the Fly program intrigued me. As a former sprinter I’m definitely obsessed with speed. Too bad its taking place during the heart of marathon training. I’m sure my mile time will get better as a consequence of better conditioning, but not as fast as if I had trained for the distance. So now am I gonna be running past you at Cricket Hill getting those hill/speed workouts in?

  2. Sounds like a cool program, and nice location. Wish I could work it somehow, I am trying to increase my speed too. Your mile is smokin’ fast.

  3. Aww, thanks for missing the first week to come to my party 🙂

    I am anxious to hear about the plan to improve the mile. Especially since RW and RT have focused on mile articles in the past month. It’s becoming popular again. The event at the end of the month sounds fun!

    I would totally run slow on my first attempt to have major improvement. Ha ha. JK. Maybe.

    Did they pimp their strength training app? I had it for a bit and thought it was neat, but never used it and got rid of it. What does the plan include for strength training along with running?

    1. The plan is really basic. Nike Training Club (cross training, I assume) on Mondays and Wednesdays, track workout on Tuesdays (they do have a “coach” at the track workout), Run Club on Thursdays and Saturdays. So more of a schedule than a plan. I’m sure if I attended all the workouts, I would get more detailed instructions. I tried to go to a NTC class tonight but was foiled by train delays and didn’t get there in time.

  4. What an awesome challenge! I’ve never really focused on my mile time before but it’d be interesting to see how and if I could run faster.

    Also, that google street view pic could literally be taken from my office :).

    1. I dunno about the distance. Maybe start at the south end (the river), run to the north end (Oak St?) and then head to a bar? All nice and sweaty? It’s technically not even a mile. Close enough. Wurst Mile Ever ….

  5. I’d be happy to run the Mag Mile with you at midnight as that is when I get off work! Good luck on your journey.

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