At the risk of sounding like Al Bundy bragging about days gone by, not to mention scoring 4 touchdowns in 1 game for Polk High, my glory moment in high school was running a mile in 4 minutes and 18 seconds.
I can play it off like I don’t remember the exact circumstances leading up to the personal best, but I actually do remember them. Like I said, it was a glory moment.
The mile, or 1600 meter, wasn’t my best event while running on the track team. I was more of a distance runner, with the 5000 meter being my specialty. Didn’t lose a single race my junior year. Not one.
I wasn’t blessed with blazing speed. In fact, I wasn’t going to out sprint anyone.
What I did have was a rather fast pace and the ability to maintain it lap after lap after lap after lap almost indefinitely.
But now, 15 years have passed…
And there’s that additional 60 pounds around my mid section that’s kinda tough to miss…
But, deep down, I know that I can still do it.
No, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to run a 4:18 mile again.
I think it may even be a stretch to think I could get one mile under 5 minutes these days (though I used to be able to do 3 consecutive miles under 5 mintues).
My goal is to complete a marathon this fall. That’s not such a hard goal to achieve.
The difficult part is that I don’t want to embarass myself.
I’ll have to finish in under 4 hours. That works out to around around a 9 minute mile which, right now, sounds like a walk in the park.
The stretch goal will be under 3 hours, averaging around 7 minutes per mile. That’s a pretty quick pace, but something I think I can work myself up to over the next 5-6 months…
Even if I don’t make it, just being in somewhat better shape will make me feel better all around.
It’s cold out today though, so I think I’ll start working on this next week or, perhaps, the week after that… ;0)