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4 minute mile used to be impossible

Posted by C.L. R.

I was just reading that it used to be that the four minute mile was considered an impossible feat by science until someone achieved it. Once the 4 minute mile barrier was broken, many more people were suddenly able to make it happen.

I think that says a lot about mind over matter. Whatever your mind can conceive, your body can achieve. And sometimes, it is a lot easier to make accomplishments if you've seen it happen for someone else.

If you are looking to lose weight, get in shape or simply do something wild like climb a mountain, the best thing you can do is talk with people who have made it happen. So, welcome to the site and let's get chatting!

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Hi Everyone.  Ah!!!! the Sub 4 minute mile once considered impossible, it still is one of the hotly debated issues in Athletics to this day. On the 6th May 1954 Roger was the first to break the magic barrier,  Or was he!!!!Derek Ibbottson was credited with running a mile in exactly 4 mins. I am reliably informed that there was more than one timer that day. There apparently were 3 or 4 other athletes there who set their stop watches going at the start of the race.they were not competing that day but were checking out what the opposition clubs best runners times were doing as was quite the usual practise then and still is today. At the end of the race to the astonishment of everyone there Derek had apparently broken the magic barrier.The official time had him at 3.59.9 which under the rules then was rounded up to be 4mins precise. However 3 of the other people that were also timing him dissagreed. One had his time at 3.59.5 the other two at 3.59.6. Now as you know hand times are rounded up. My point here is that what if the other timers were correct in their timing and not the official timer on that day. And what if modern electronic timing had been used? surely the accuracy of it would have shown Derek to be under the magical barrier. The technology did actually exist then but was in it's infancy. Just as a point of interest the official timer for that day failed to show up at the meeting and a substitute was brought in at very short notice. Now these Athletes that unnoficially timed Derek would have had the credentials to be reliable and very experienced and therfore their opinions have a lot of weight wouldn't You aggree? Was Derek robbed of the recognition of being the first sub 4 man? I will leave that up to the reader, but I believe the evidence has shown that he was in fact the first to break the barrier on a track. Which leads me to another hotly debated issue. There are many instances of runners Breaking the 4min barrier years before Roger or Derek did. These miles were run on grass,and yes most of them were point to point courses but some of the times are quite astonishing considering the conditions and the dates run. I am researching this and will br posting more on this in the future stay tuned. This post is not intended to discredit Sir Roger in anyway but to set the record straight. J. Walker
So how in the world would you train for a four minute mile? I am a casual runner, and I just enlisted in the Army. I am in the delayed entry program, and I won't go to basic until the third week in April. I highly doubt that I will achieve it, but I want to train as if I could. Any suggestions? I already run 3 miles in under 19 minutes, and I can keep up a constant 8 for ten miles.
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