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How to Run Your Fastest Mile

May 18, 2017

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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Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

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