No, I didn’t run a 4 minute mile, but Roger Bannister did on this day in 1954. For many years, the scientific and athletic communities thought that it was impossible to run a four-minute mile. It was first achieved 56 years ago by Roger in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds. The ‘four minute barrier’ has since been broken by many male athletes, and is now the standard of all professional middle distance runners. In the last 50 years the mile record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds.
It’s funny how much impact other people have on an athlete’s performance. No one thought that the mile could be run in under 4 minutes…until Roger Bannister did it. By the end of 1957 (2-1/2 years after Roger broke the barrier), 16 other runners had logged sub-4-minute miles! So never think you can’t accomplish something because someone else says it’s impossible!!
Ran 7.16 miles in 55:19 (7:43 min/mile pace). Avg HR = 153
I’m continuing my Peak Phase by limiting the volume of my workouts and increasing the intensity. I started this run at a modest pace and then about 20 minutes in, I slowly ramped up the pace through the remainder of the run.
TODAY = Day Off!