One Mile – a magical distance

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Everyone should aspire to run a Mile to see how fast they can run this magical distance.

If you are already a runner, it is most likely that you would be targeting a 6 to 7 minute mile. But, we all know that it is not so easy to master the mile at that pace – it requires a good balance of speed, strength and courage.

Today, I attempted a mile in 06:09 as part of a virtual race by #NYRR celebrating Global Running Day week powered by #Strava

It was my first attempt in June this year, and the outcome was far better than the last two attempts (06:26 and 06:17) in June a year ago. This time around I was less tired and was able to finish strong.

Three years ago I had clocked my best EVER mile in 06:08, which is just one second faster than my pace today 😲 – so I am not quite there, but will surely make another attempt this month end. (Looking forward to a sub 6-minute mile – some day)

IMPORTANT: Going out and running a 6-7-8 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. Remember, you are not competing with anyone else but you. So take it easy. You can always make multiple attempts.

It is important to finish strong 💪🏼

#RunwithRaah 🏃🏻‍♂️

A Story of My Mile – Second Attempt

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As a part of an ongoing promotional event in June (The Strava Mile), I had made my first attempt on Wednesday 14th June, 2017 by running a mile in 06:26 minutes.

A Story of My Mile – First Attempt

Today, I attempted another mile in 06:17 minutes which was 9 seconds faster than my first attempt this month. The strategy this time around was slightly different and less tiring i.e. instead of pushing a lot harder, I began much slower than I did on my first attempt (almost 20 seconds slower, 02:40 mins/km vs 03:00 mins/km) and concentrated on going steady at a pace between 03:50-04:00 mins/km.

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Second Attempt

In spite of starting slower in the second attempt, in both attempts I completed the first KM in 03:51 and 03:50 minutes respectively. For the remaining 600m, I was 8 seconds faster in the second attempt than I was in the first attempt.

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First Attempt

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Start slower and gradually pick up the pace. Conserve energy for the second half.

I will not be able to attempt any more miles this month, but I will surely try again next month. I have 9 more seconds to beat my PR of 06:08. It is definitely going to be a challenge. 🙂 🙂

A Story of My Mile – First Attempt

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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)

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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.

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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!!!

Ciao.