What's Your 5 Minute Mile?

What do you love?

I recently decided to start running again after a 20 year break. I’m looking forward to the journey as I claw my way back to being a runner.

It was always hard for me to train for running without a race to look forward to or a goal to chase, and I don’t think it will be different this go around. Because of this, I’ve taken on the goal of running a 5 minute mile. I’m not sure why. It just sounds cool.

Yesterday, I was thinking back to my first 5 minute mile, which I ran as a freshman in high school. I remember thinking it would be cool back then also, to break the 5 minute barrier. I eventually went onto run a four minute and fourteen second mile in college, and this fact made me think about how smaller incremental goals can stack up, leading to things we can only imagine in our dreams.

I recall that after I ran my first 5 minute mile I thought it would then be cool to run 4:40, which was a time that won races back then. When I did that, I dreamed of 4:35, then 4:30, then 4:25…You get the picture. When I first entertained the goal of running 5 minutes for the mile, I could never have imagined I would run 4:14.

So, here is the lesson. Pick a 5 minute mile type goal for yourself. A goal that sounds really cool, but one that is in the realm of your current thinking. Who knows where it will lead. Probably to places you cannot imagine today.


What is it?

C’mon, think!

Write it as a comment here, and then get busy figuring out how you’ll reach it.


2 Responses to What's Your 5 Minute Mile?

  1. Shannon October 2, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    Loved this post. I can’t tell you how many times I look back at what I did in high school and college and despair that I’ll never be that fit again. You reminded me that I didn’t get there overnight! I remember my first x-country practice as a freshman, had to walk most of it.

    I’ll have to give some thought to what my five minute mile is, but I just wanted to thank you for the motivation. Good luck with the mile!

    • admin October 2, 2011 at 1:57 am #

      Hey Shannon! Glad you liked the post. I ran 6:14 today on the track here in Fort Collins. 5 minutes will be tough, but I’m hungry. Think about something that is just far enough out that it makes you excited, yet doesn’t seem overwhelming.
      Make a goal now and let’s share our progress as we reach there and beyond…

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