The fastest I’ve run is 7:30-minute mile.
On a treadmill.
So it doesn’t count for much.When I hear or read about people who run sub-5 minute mile(s), I think it’s Godlike. It’s silly I know. But my slow self just can’t imagine what it feels like to be that fast.
I’ve tried to secretly experience it by bumping the speed on a treadmill when no one is looking. 8.6 (about 7:04-minute mile) is the highest I can run (that too not for a whole mile) before I feel like throwing up or before my legs buckle and I fly off the machine.
Having said that, I came across the video of Sir Roger Bannister. A chap, you guessed it (or not), from England who 55 years ago became the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes. If I couldn’t imagine what a sub-5 feels like, I can’t even begin to comprehend a sub-4. It just doesn’t seem possible.
Roger Bannister is my new hero. He is still alive and well and thus I’ll put him on my list of People I’d like to meet. And in his honor, the next time I’m out there running, I’ll try a Bannister Burst of my own to see where it takes me.