10 Thoughts You Have While Swimming the Mile

Jun 18, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Connor Jaeger (USA) places second in the men's 800M freestyle championship final during day one of the Arena Pro Series at Santa Clara at the George F. Haines International Swim Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
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By Jake Renie, Swimming World College Intern

Whether you swim the mile in a high school dual meet or at the upcoming Olympic Trials, there are several things that can run through your mind during the race. Below are 10 thoughts that race through our heads when swimming the longest pool event of the meet.

  1. At the Start– No worries, it’s only a mile… I swim a couple of those every practice! This’ll be easy.

  2. 50 Yards– Why are these people taking this out so fast?! We still have 64 lengths to go…

  3. 350 Yards– OK, well, this isn’t too bad! I’m right on pace and I’m feeling fantastic!

  4. 625 Yards– Dang…my shoulders are killing me. I’m still on pace though! Easy stuff!

  5. 875 Yards– Oh gosh… I should not have eaten that for lunch…over halfway there.

  6. 1025 Yards– Wait a minute, was I ahead of this guy earlier?…Or is he lapping me??

  7. 1250 Yards– I need a distraction, I can’t feel my arms anymore… “I can’t feel my face when I’m with you, but I love it…”

  8. 1475 Yards– How far am I? I can’t see the counter. My goggles are all fogged up and I can’t see!

  9. 1625 Yards– Wait…is that a goldfish in my lane?…Wait! That’s the counter! I’m almost done!

  10. The Finish– Oh my gosh, I finished! A best time! Now I’m hungry. Someone replace my medal with a Gatorade!

Jul 14, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Marcelo Chierighini of Brazil celebrates after anchoring the team to victory in the 4x100m freestyle relay swimming final during the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Aquatics UTS Centre and Field House. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Courtesy: Rob Schumacher/USA Today Sports Images

What thoughts swim into your mind during the mile? Feel free to leave them in comments below!


  1. avatar
    Sharon James

    When can I get out and eat?!!

  2. Kathy Herr Davis

    Swimming it I have lots of great thoughts….racing it is another story!

  3. Lisanne van Giessen

    Dit dacht ik tijdens de 800 vrij ongeveer ? Renske Den Dekker

  4. Nick Evans

    I used to swim this in a 50 m Lido at the end of the season Club championships, after 20 lengths your mind would wonder and think about Elvis songs, The thing is I can’t stand Elvis ?

  5. Rachel Nevins

    Hey Maria Schäler can you relate to any of these? Just thinking of the time you swam that mile.

    • Maria Schäler

      Well hello Rachel Nevins, I did indeed swim a mile. But I didn’t really have any issues ?

  6. Zach Burr

    500 400 300 200 100 for long course or 500 400 300 200 100 3x50s sprint for short coarse is how I usually swam it descend negative split

  7. avatar
    Northbay Swimmer

    Thank you for this post.