My 24-Month Running Goal
A few years back I set myself two fitness achievement goals without really doing much research on what it would take to achieve them. One was to run a marathon, which I did in 2011, the NYC Marathon (great fun!). I wasn’t aiming for a specific time, just to finish. The other was at some point to run a sub-5 minute mile. I knew then it would be difficult but I know now even more so that this is a very difficult thing to achieve. I believe I’ve got good “running genes” most likely, for the mile, but I’ve never run competitively and I think I’ve only once even timed myself for a single mile trying to run as fast as I could on the track. For the record, I wasn’t in the greatest shape at the time and I ran a 6:32. So let’s just say we’re starting from scratch here. This will also entail losing a good deal of weight, so bring it on!
My grandfather, David Leathern, ran the mile for South Africa back in the 1920’s. What’s fascinating is that old newspapers are being digitized so that every year or two I discover some new mentions of my grandfather online. The South African team toured Australia in 1922 (apparently it took a few weeks by boat to get there in those days!) and was mentioned in Melbourne’s Argus newspaper on 1/7/1922, helping to “bind the people of the Empire together”(!):
I don’t know that much about his times except that he was in a few races where the winnings times were 4:20 to 4:33 or so, and he was part of a medley relay team that won a race in 3:40 or so.
All that being said, I’m also realistic about the amount of time I can devote to training, which is not as much as I’d like at the moment. So for that reason, I’m going to give myself 24 months to get there. I’ll post various stats regularly here to this blog. We’ll see what happens!!