Mindfulness, running

Monday Motivation: The 4-minute mile

Having done my peak training run over the weekend, I’m feeling slightly lacklustre, and in sure need of a dose of motivation. And so this week, it’s brought to you by national treasure Roger Bannister.

For those who don’t know, Roget Bannister was the first man to break 4 minutes in the mile, on 6th May 1954 with a time of 3:59:40.



Two things really strike me about this race. The first is the fact that Bannister refused to see a sub-4 mile as impossible, despite what others said. He just didn’t see the logic behind it. The second is the teamwork involved between Bannister and his two pacers, Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher. Brasher led the first two laps, getting them into the halfway point at 1:58, and then Chataway took over for the second half, before letting Bannister stride off down the home stretch. Watching the three of them together gives me goosebumps; pacing someone at any level is a selfless thing to do, but to do so at such a high level, for little recognition, really says something about the giving nature of the sport.


The BBC made a documentary called Everest on the Track, all about the record attempt. It’s nowhere to be found at the moment, but if you see it online, it’s well worth a watch!


Where’s your motivation coming from this week?


Lots of love,




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