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The story of one record
The Oxford Mile, which will be discussed here, is one of the most famous milestones conquered in the history of sports. An English runner (and also a medical student at Oxford University) Roger Gilbert Bannister set a world record by first running a mile in less than 4 minutes. This was an important psychological breakthrough, as at one time, the achievement of Bannister changed people's perception of the limits of human capabilities.
There are many world records, but this one was special. It is no coincidence that Roger Bannister became a British national hero, was recognized as an athlete of the year and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Not every record holder is awarded this.
For us, a mile is a faceless 1609.3 meters, for the British, a round number (about the same as a kilometer for us). People love round numbers and become attached to them, therefore, we can say that a mile is a favorite distance of the British (as well as Americans, Australians, Canadians and other fans of inches and feet).
Ever since world records began to be fixed, many runners sought to run a mile faster than four minutes, but they did not just succeed, but did not succeed suspiciously long. For decades, athletes could not run beyond four minutes. Therefore, it is not surprising that at that time the theory appeared that this result was unattainable in principle, because it lies beyond the limits of human capabilities.
Moreover, this theory of impossibility was convincingly confirmed by serious scientific calculations. Authoritative experts argued that if we take into account the air resistance, aerodynamic properties of the human body, anthropometric data (leg length, etc.), muscle strength and potential endurance of the human body, we can conclude that a mile in 4 minutes is an impossible result for a person.
The theory of impossibility prevailed. That a person will never be able to run one mile in less than 4 minutes, because it contradicts the laws of physics and human physiology, everyone knew. The runners also knew about this. The theory dominated them like a sentence, and sat in the brain like an electronic speed limiter in the control systems of powerful cars. Therefore, they could not run out of the notorious four minutes.
But then one fine day - May 6, 1954 in Oxford, Roger Bannister took and ran a mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. This phenomenal achievement has turned the worldview of people over, because everyone knew that this was impossible. Bannister first broke the psychological limiter in the minds and proved that four minutes is not the limit. And he brought all the unfortunate specialists with their theories of impossibility to clean water. That's why Roger Bannister became a hero, and his example is a textbook.
But the story did not end there. The fame of Bannister thundered around the world, the psychological barrier fell and many began to expect that the mass escape of athletes within four minutes would soon begin. Indeed, Bannister became a trendsetter: here and there, like mushrooms after rain, breakouts beyond the four-minute limit began to be repeated - the athletes believed in themselves, and not in the theory of impossibility. A month and a half later, Australian John Landy improved Bannister’s record by 1.4 seconds (3.58.0). Then, every year, the number of runners repeating the achievement of Roger Bannister increased exponentially. And the last mile race to date has exceeded Bannister’s record by more than 16 seconds (3.43,13). (It was installed by Moroccan styer Hisham El Gerruj in Rome in 1999).
Theories of impossibility are complete. Often people themselves think up restrictions even in the simplest cases. And pioneers like Bannister break these barriers and, opening new horizons, help people believe in themselves.
How fast do you have to run to get a 7 mile mile?
For a 7-mile mile, you will be 1 minute and 45 seconds per lap on a 400-meter track (four laps), although keep in mind that your first lap should be slightly faster and each subsequent lap will almost certainly be slower than the previous ones, so you should try to get around 1:35 on your first lap, maybe? It all depends on your work style.
You should have run an average of 8.57 mph for the entire mile.
Standards run in 6 minutes, in meters
How can I run a 6 mile mile?
To run a six-minute mile, you need to focus on your breath and the speed at which you are running. This does not have to be a complete burst of speed, because you can quickly lose energy, but keep it in constant push. You would be surprised at how effective a constant run is. I remember how my friend told me that she could beat me at the mile, and, of course, I told her that she couldn’t. Therefore, when the teacher told us that we were running, I ran at speed, while she was doing a slow and steady push behind me. You never know, my energy will end quickly, and I will go soon. Soon she walked past me, still on her steady run, and finished the mile in about 7 minutes, after which I finished her at 12
The order of delivery of the six-minute standard
After the “Start” command, the test subjects must come to the start line and take their starting position. After the “March” team, the coach starts the stopwatch, and the athletes start the race. Running time - 6 minutes. During this time, each subject runs the maximum distance for him. In this case, alternating running with walking is possible, taking into account the capabilities of the runner and his well-being. Running results are taken into account by mutual control. To do this, before the race participants in the test need to be divided in pairs. While one of the pair continues to run, counting the distance, the other counts the circles that the partner will go through.
When until the end of the race 10-15 seconds remain. the teacher should give a signal, for example: “Attention, 15 seconds are left!”. Having heard the signal, the traveling ones, together with their controlling partners, should pay attention to the markings and evaluate the distance traveled. At the Stop command, you need to fix the plates next to which the runner will stop. The teacher records the fixed plate and the number of laps completed in his test report or in his health diary. If the runner stops in the middle between 2 labels, then the result will need to be recorded with an accuracy of 10 m. For example, if the distance is 250 m, the middle between the labels is “140” and “160” m. The distance traveled by it will be (250 m. X 2 x 2) + 150 m. = 1150 m. In other cases, the additive from the incomplete distance is determined based on the value of the nearest plate. For example, in the previous example, the runner stopped 3 meters before the sign with the “160” mark, then the distance he covered was (250 m. X 2 x 2) +160 m. = 1160 m.
What basic physical quality does a six-minute run develop? - endurance!
If there is no stadium, the distance must be marked on a horizontal section of the route, which should be flat, there should not be sharp ascents and descents, traumatic potholes and obstacles. No more than 15 subjects take part in the race. Each participant must constantly be in the field of view of the teacher conducting the test, and partners who duplicate the calculation of the results of the run. Before doing the exercise, you need to carefully prepare. Training includes briefing and warm-up. Shoes should be comfortable, securely fixing the feet.