As you all know, I am a little obsessed with Marathon Talk. I am nearly all caught up again after being behind for so long (long runs with Andy meant I chatted to him instead of listening to them so I had rather a backlog).
For the last few years they have launched a Magic Mile challenge for the summer. Basically you sign up to run one mile as fast as you possibly can. Previously they have had Team UK, Team USA and Team Rest of the World (all against each other) but this year it is good old fashioned boys v girls. But taking part is worth more than anything else- they don’t care if you run a 4 min mile (in my dreams!) or a 12 minute mile.
You can sign up here– it’s just for fun! I’m in, are you?? (Edit- it seems to be taking me to the 2012 competition, but according to their facebook page it will be up and running this evening).
In 2011 I signed up and was shocked that I managed to run a mile in 7.53– that may be normal running speed for some of you, but I think at that point I had only just scraped under 9 minute miles for 5K’s. So this year I want to beat that time. They are going to be talking about specific training sessions on the podcasts, but of course you don’t have to do those if you don’t want. The mile time has to be logged between the end of August and the start of September so you have a while to get up to speed.
This evening was a Sweatshop run- we had not been on The Hill route for a while, and it showed- apparently I was much slower going up it (according to the guy from the shop) but overall I managed my normal speed which I was glad about after finding I had such stiff legs on my run yesterday.
Anyone else up for the challenge?
Do you prefer short and sharp workouts or long and gentle ones?