I thought of the magic mile today as I was cranking away at
If you’re interested, here is a YouTube of my last attempt (with my 3 week old son in tow) and the “race report” during which I appear naked.
The Magic Mile is one of the easiest ways to judge your overall fitness. The conditions are fairly easy to control if you run on a track, the recovery time is really quick (vs running a full marathon), and training paces can pretty easily be extrapolated with all sorts of online running calculators, including the McMillian Calculator. Plug in your fastest mile and they’ll forecast out all the way to a marathon. The accuracy isn’t horribly good the greater the distance, but it still gives you a general idea.
I know people who do them every month, but that seems a bit overkill - so I’ll crank them out every 6 months or so. Doing them too often is sort of like weighing yourself before pooping, after pooping, and then after you take a shower. Sure, they’re going to be different, but what is the “real” weight? (hint: after pooping)
So, if you’ve made a new year’s resolution to get faster – why not use your mile time as a gauge for your TRUE speed? If nothing else, it'll show you how fast you can go before you puke!