Try a Timed Race to Boost Your Mileage

I have a soft spot for timed races. Instead of racing a certain distance, participants at these events usually run a short loop (often 1 mile) for a determined amount of time (usually between six and 78 hours). Runners cover as much distance as they can within the given time. To many, running a one-mile loop for hours hardly sounds appealing. But I find comfort in it.

At a timed race, I don't have to think. I can zone out, clear my mind, and just run. I experience running in a very raw state. I'm not worried about falling, hydration, or supplies. I'm only focused on the trail ahead. One foot in front of the other.

Across the Years was my longest timed event yet. This is a 72, 48, or 24-hour race covering a 1.05-mile loop in Arizona. I registered for the 24-hour event, starting at 9 a.m. on December 31, through to New Years, and ending at 9 a.m. on January 1. What an inspiring way to ring in the New Year. 

I had no idea what to expect at this run, so I decided to just do my best, put zero pressure on myself, and have as much fun as possible. I recorded my experience in the video below:

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