The Six Minute Mile

For most of us, just being able to get to a point where you are running is an achievement. Run? Who me? If you did manage to start you probably did the 1-1 routine. One minute running, one minute walking. Boy did you pant. Its been a while now since those early days and the competitive you now wants to run a mile in 6 minutes.  Running a six minute mile is not easy and requires a tremendous amount of cardio vascular endurance and muscular strength. Hopefully you have this before you embark. Remember you are going to run 1600 meters in 360 seconds. This means you are running a meter every 0.22 seconds. The average length of your stride when walking is a meter give or take.

The best way to train for this is to first know your current barriers. How far is the journey for you? Regardless, you need aerobic training, strength training and interval training to achieve your goal. If you have a hill that you can access nearby, head to the hills. Running up hill and down hill is a great way to build muscle strength and endurance. Running at this speed requires strength in your muscles. For this you need specific strength training for your legs. Finally, you need endurance to allow your heart to pump the blood required to create and sustain this burst of energy. This combined with the ability of your lungs to carry the oxygen without you running short. You might want to begin with trying to run a 400 meter dash in 90 seconds and then keep building up.

Did you give up already? At these levels everything comes into play. Your nutrition, your state of mind and your training. Did I mention will? Oh yeah, you won’t get far without the will to make this happen. But you were never faint hearted to begin with were you?



Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.