How to Run Your Fastest Mile
Bored with 5K and 10Ks? Try this perfect test of speed and endurance
By Nick Harris-Fry, Coach
In today’s metric world, the Mile is not a distance most people run all that regularly. Track athletes will sprint all manner of distances up to 1500m and road runners tackle anything from 5K upwards, but the unconventional charms of a 1,609.344m all-out effort are rarely appreciated.
Still, shooting for your fastest Mile is a perfect test – a brutal blend of speed and endurance that somehow feels significantly further than 1500m while knackering you out far more than much longer runs. To try and set my own Mile PB I went to the spiritual home of Mile record attempts – the Roger Bannister Running Track in Oxford, where Big Rog smashed the 4-minute barrier in 1954 – for a training session with James Beckinsale, triathlon coach and ambassador for Iffley Road running wear.
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