The man who broke the 4 minute mile barrier in 1954 is 85 years old today.
It was long considered an unattainable goal. People thought that if a runner did break 4 minutes that his heart would burst. Roger was a medical student at the time, not a professional runner.
His journey through to and through the a sub 4 minute mile is in a wonderful book called ” The Perfect Mile.”
After the 4 minute mark was broken the record rapidly tumbled as though a great wall had been breached and runners began sprinting through the opening.
My fastest mile ever is – I can’t recall. I think I got under 6 minutes once or twice in high school. Some people are born with speed and others are not. I’m not in a hurry to complete the mile run anymore. And I’m just fine with that.