Below is the original post from 2014. I had intended to try this as a whole year challenge in 2017 after getting pretty fit during the Thousand Day Challenge and 50 marathons in 50 days [2014-2016], but work got in the way last year, so … now it’s 2018 and the challenge HAS at last started.
The ONE MILE Challenge
Being a little older I would now only have to get to about 5.23 to get to age graded National level for the mile. Still a huge ask for a long distance runner, but lack of time means this is the only quality challenge I can aim for this year.
As can be seen I am starting the challenge from an incredibly low level of fitness
original post from 2014
I have never been a miler but it would be nice to see how far I could progress at this classic distance? IF I was able [highly unlikely] to run 5.18 at the age of 50 in two years time that would put me at National level; something to shoot for perhaps? I would love to have a good bash at 5 minutes again. [The only mile I have completed at that pace I know of for sure was the last mile of a 10K when I was 18 years old, 6 months after starting running, in 36 minutes].
UPDATE: Having concentrated on running LONG during the last 2 years I now find as I look at turning 51 at the end of 2016 that I ‘only’ need to get to 5.21 to get to entry of National level.
UPDATE: This year proved to be a non-starter. Trying again in 2018 and now turning 52 at the end of the year I ‘only’ need to get to 5.23 to get to entry of National level.
Here are some ‘smiley face’ clocks to help in that endeavour. I will have to test regularly. I will also necessarily have to rely heavily on the quality of the longer distance training. Progress:
|24/05||6.29||3.15||3.14||R A C E|
|24/05||6.07||2.58||3.09||R A C E|
|14/06||6.12||3.08||3.04||R A C E|
|29/05||6.26||3.20||3.06||R A C E|
|19/06||6.09||3.00||3.09||R A C E|
Also the army [Cooper’s] 1.5 mile test would be useful to keep an eye on. Especially for me as this is the test I have done most often since I started running. Unfortunately different organisations use different standards.
Certainly if I can get back to under the 9:30 ‘pass in’ standard of a British Army Parachute Regiment recruit [in their 20s] then I will be doing okay. Anything beyond that I can shoot the moon, as they say.