Yesterday I ran my first run on a one mile, sand road with a 50 ft hill at the beginning. Based on my experience from last year's training, this road takes about 45 seconds longer to run. My conditioning and training prior to this has been football practice where we "sprint" 1,000 yards each practice (and no, not all at the same time). Also, based on last year's experience, football conditioning is extremely good for track training. For one, you have more weight on you, and your cleats are much heavier than track shoes. And second, the mouth guard restricts air flow into your mouth to a certain degree. My run yesterday really showed. When I started running, I felt very light on my feet, and like my body was working much more efficient. When I finished I clocked in at 6:16 which translates into about a 5:30 on a regulated track. Given that I was a lot closer to my goal than expected, I was very excited (great motivation). Currently, to reach my goal I need to improve on an average of one second per week. That doesn't seem too hard with football and basketball forcing me to condition. Here is a chart of my times, and I will update them as I go on.
Not exactly the best quality, but I am trying to fix that.
If anyone want to suggest certain training techniques or nutrition techniques, I am always very open to ideas.