The mile was not my favorite race. I preferred the 5ks of cross season, and the 2 mile during track. I vividly remember feeling sick to my stomach the week of those mile time trials in high school. I’m sure it’s because I put so much undue pressure on myself, thinking I had something to prove. Instead, I needed to look at it as a way to get honest feedback on where my fitness currently put me, so that our coach could do a better job of setting my paces for future workouts. All the time trial asks of you is to show up and give your best on that day. As long as you give your best, that’s all you can ask. If you had put in the work all summer, it would undoubtedly show. And if you slacked off? Well, that definitely became apparent as well.