Cover photo is of Brooklyn's own Katie Michno (@boltlittlelady), who won the women's open race.
In our humble and non-expert opinion, the mile is one of the toughest races out there. Yes, there are certainly more physically grueling races that require a great deal of training and exertion. (Ever run a 100 miler, anyone?) And sure, the mile doesn't push the limits of your speed quite like the 400m can. But the mile is often the first distance that new runners use to anchor their understanding of the sport. It's pure and basic, but also cruel. There's no room for error in the mile.
Below a mile? It's an all out sprint. You just have to go, and either your training and physical capacity are enough or they aren't. Above a mile? You need a clear strategy. Pacing. Hydration. Fueling. The greater distance has just a little room for error, letting you correct mistakes if you catch them early enough. The mile, though, is a race that requires strategy but affords zero opportunity for mistakes. There just isn't enough time or distance to correct.
On Sunday, we got to witness all of these challenges in action at the Brooklyn Mile, hosted by the Brooklyn Running Co. For a spectator, it was a day that was almost as perfect as you could ask for: clear skies, sunshine, a community of runners and their support systems, and positive vibes all around.
Congratulations to everyone who raced! Feel free to post any of the photos you see, taken right at the finish line to capture the final moments of the race for many of you. We only ask that kindly tag @baklinerunning. And ya know, give us a follow if you haven't already!
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