Classic Mile [& a bit]

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

date
2018
time 804.5M 804.5M 400m pace
07/01 7.44 3.52 3.52 1.56
09/01 7.36 3.45 3.51 1.54
17/01 7.25 3.47 3.38 1.51
23/01 7.17 3.44 3.33 1.49
30/01 7.17 3.43 3.34  1.49
06/02 6.56 3.34 3.22 1.44
13/02 7.13 3.32 3.41 1.48
23/02 6.59 3.35 3.24  1.45
07/03 6.53 3.27 3.26 1.43
15/03 6.53 3.24 3.29 1.43
22/03 6.53 3.24 3.29 1.43
29/03 6.50 3.24 3.26 1.42
05/04 6.39 3.19 3.20 1.40
26/04 6.46 3.15 3.31 1.41
06/05

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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.

clocks

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:

date
2014
time 800M 800M 400m pace
25/03 6.37 3.25 3.12 1.39.25
10/04 6.37 3.18  3.18 1.39.25
01/05 6.45 3.24  3.21  1.41.25
24/05 6.29 3.15  3.14 R A C E
23/09 7.07 3.35 3.32 1.46.75
10/11 6.55 3.29 3.26 1.43.75
2015
03/04 6.32 3.19  3.13  1.38.00
09/04 6.19 3.10 3.09 1.34.75
16/04 6.24 3.16 3.08 1.36.00
01/05 6.13 3.07 3.06 1.33.25
21/05 6.14 3.11  3.05  1.33.5
24/05 6.07 2.58 3.09  R A C E
14/06 6.12  3.08  3.04  R A C E
21/06 6.30 3.16 3.14 1.38.25
29/08 6.12 3.12 3.00 1.33
13/10 6.18 3.09 3.09 1.34.5
27/10 6.04 2.59 3.05 1.31
2016
 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.

cooper.test.charts.1.5.miles.men

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.

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