A Mile and Change

December 10, 2014 5:22 PM

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Earlier this year, I came out of my winter running hiatus thinking about a new goal. Feeling a bit burned out by half and full marathon training, I recalled a terrific piece we'd published last year, "The Mulligan Mile." Amid a disintegrating marriage, the author, Louis Cinquino, set out to run a five-minute mile at age 50, a mark he very nearly hit as a high-schooler. Huh. The mile.

The fastest one I ever ran was a 5:31, when I was 26 and doing weekly speed workouts with the New York Road Runners Club to prepare for the 1994 New York City Marathon. We ran mile repeats around the Great Lawn in Central Park on Thursday nights, hard against the glowing midtown skyline. It was beau...

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