The 9:59 mile thread. How hard can it be?

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Apr 2017
4:52pm, 8 Apr 2017
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totalbeginner
Thanks grast_girl, sure you will get there soon :)
Mar 2019
3:01pm, 1 Mar 2019
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Dvorak
Did Sharkie ever run her easy 9:59? (I've not read back through the whole thread)

Not sure I have run a sub-10 mile in the last few months. Parkrun averages (the only "faster" running I have done) suggest not, although with a net downhill last mile and a final burst, maybe just.
Mar 2019
3:16pm, 1 Mar 2019
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Grast_girl
I probably manage a sub-10 on shorter training runs (in between walking breaks). I did manage 8.XX at two of the miles last year.
Mar 2019
10:58am, 2 Mar 2019
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Dvorak
I seem to have disqualified myself from this already by banging out three sub 9:59s at parkrun today. I am considerably surprised.

The key seems to be to do hardly any running and indeed not much of anything activity, never mind exercise, -wise. It's a bit odd, I must admit. (Choosing a flat parkrun and having reasonable conditions certainly helped.)
Mar 2019
11:01am, 2 Mar 2019
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Sharkie
I haven't done any distance running or run walking at all this winter. Longest rep probably 600m if that. Even running a mile doesn't help my fitness at all - I'm faster this year and running better without it!
Mar 2019
11:02am, 2 Mar 2019
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Sharkie
I DID run loads of 8 min miling and 9 min miling in my early 50s - just need to make that clear!
Mar 2019
12:18pm, 4 Mar 2019
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MazH
Since Dv resurrected the thread, I'll jump on the bandwagon and blow my own trumpet.

10 mile road race yesterday, splits as follows:

1) 9:55
2) 10:10

3) 10:49 water station and fierce hill

4) 10:16 still climbing
5) 10:32 water station
6) 9:16

7) 9:11

8) 10:00 water station
9) 9:34
10) 9:05

Ave pace 9:53
Never say never!
Mar 2019
1:08pm, 4 Mar 2019
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Dvorak
Toot toot! Very good, Maz :-) Would that average sub 9:59ing happen to be a PB as well?

Actually, I make that a 9:59 average over the first nine miles and a feisty final frolic medal
Dec 2019
11:34pm, 31 Dec 2019
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GimmeMedals
Iā€™m interested in working towards this. I need to be sub 9:40 for the Westminster mike in May šŸ˜ƒ
Dec 2019
11:35pm, 31 Dec 2019
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GimmeMedals
Nothing to do with Mike, of course. *mile*

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Just one sub 10 minute mile.
That's all I ask.
You can warm up for an entire marathon beforehand ...

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