Going out and running a 7 to 8 minute-mile when you haven’t been running previously, can lead to an injury. Pushing yourself too hard can derail you for weeks or even months. So, don’t try to run faster than you should. Just go with the flow and always remember, you are not competing with anyone else but you.
A mile (1.609 kilometers) for any regular runner is a short 6-7 minutes stretch. They say all you need for this one is guts and I completely agree with that. Any runner, whether he is a long distance runner or a sprinter can get through a mile. But it takes a whole lot of effort to crack down a new PR.
I clocked my quickest mile in June a couple of years ago at the exciting Puma Urban Stampede 10K, 2015 race in Pune.
PR: 1 mile in 06:08 (Pace: 03:50 mins / km)
If you closely observe the chart above, you will find two stretches of Downhill followed by Uphill of 5kms each. So, clocking a 06:08 a mile on your way down hill with -100m elevation is very much possible, but the challenge here is to maintain and beat that pace on a flat surface.
It has been two years since then, and I haven’t really tried to run a mile as fast as I can.
This month Strava has come up with an interesting challenge. More exciting is the fact that I would be joining other runners from across the globe who are celebrating big, bold effort in smashing a few (million) PRs.
The Strava Mile
Run your best mile in June and share your story with #MyMile
Taking it as a challenge, I went out running today, on a flat road in rains, and attempted to run a mile as fast as I can.
My first attempt this month in rains for The Strava Mile promotional event.
I ran this mile today in 06:26, which was 18 seconds slower than my PR of 06:08. However, this was my 2nd best PR and I am really happy about it.
Here’s the link to #MyMile on Strava.
I would be attempting a couple of more this month and you should too!!!