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Book Review: The Perfect Mile

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The Perfect Mile tells the story of three runners – John Landy, Wes Santee, and Roger Banister – that set out in 1952 to run the first mile under four minutes. The book is written in great depth about the personalities, training habits and techniques, races, and other factors in the runner’s lives.

Running on My Mind

When I am out running I generally think about and talk about running. I recommend the Perfect Mile for any passionate runner that wants to really know some of the history of our sport. It is also an excellent book for anyone that wants to learn how perseverance, determination, and focus can lead to accomplishment of significant goals.

Only a Few can be Specialists

In the modern age most athletes are specialists and focus day and night on achieving athletic accomplishments. The rest of us are generalists because of varying commitments to work, family, and recreation. Part of what is remarkable about the three athletes profiled in this book are the things they accomplish while also training to run the perfect mile. Roger Bannister completed his medical residency while training and racing. Wes Santee was an All-American track starting running all the long distance races in meets nearly every weekend. John Landy was a full-time student and took frequent breaks from running to explore the Australian wilderness searching for butterflies.

Goal Setting

Few of us can run a perfect mile, but all of us can be perfect at something. What do you want to be perfect at?