I’m trying to develop a simple strategy for being able to run a nine-minute mile by May, and I’m tempted to just go to the gym every day, set a treadmill for 6.7 mph, and try to gradually build up the length of time I can run at that speed. That’s basically the strategy I used to get up to ten push-ups in February. I’m thinking that if I can go from one push-up to ten in four weeks, then I can probably go from one minute of fast running to nine in the same amount of time.
I’m not sure that plan passes the “Is that what a running coach would tell you to do?” test. Probably not. I’m sure a coach would have me doing a mix of endurance runs, hills, intervals, strength training, rest days, and who knows what else.
The plus side of my method, though, is that I would be able to track my progress in a nice straight line, which is appealing—and maybe even keep extending that line for a few more months until I can do a 27-and-a-bit-minute 5K.
The downside is that I couldn’t do it outside, which…hmmmm. I do like the idea of getting some sunshine.