Last week’s Mohali Half Marathon also had a 1.5k race. This is so close to a mile that it made me think of my earlier attempt about 5 years ago. I always wanted to run a mile under 6 minutes. That day I did it in 6 minutes and 6 seconds. I was determined to do it this time.
Sixty-three years ago (1954), Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes. Running under 4 minutes for the mile became known as a dream mile. The current record holders are Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco with his time of 3:43.13 and Svetlana Masterkova (Russia) at 4:12.56 for the women. “Since 1976, the mile has been the only non-metric distance recognized by the IAAF for record purposes,” says Wikipedia.
There are not many footraces that inspire us like the mile. Maybe only surpassed by the marathon and the 100m sprint. I remember as a boy watching street miles on TV in South Africa. Wow. The atmosphere, the crowds, the excitement, the fantastic athletes. Johan Fourie was there, Henning Gericke, Deon Brummer, and many others.
I wish the organizers of races will start bringing back the street mile here in Chandigarh.
Yesterday I did a solo mile around the track. Four rounds and a bit. 1609.34 meter. It took me 5 minutes and 53 seconds. I finally did it!
As I got ready to publish this post, I realized that there is a more important way to travel a mile: going the extra mile. Jesus said this in Mathew 5:38-42 (NIV)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
This is so opposite to what we want to do. We like to take revenge, hit back, not forgive. But Jesus knows that there are more blessing and happiness in turning the other cheek. There is peace in walking that extra, forced mile.