I watched a gentleman run on YouTube, he was probably about 30 years old. What caught my attention was that he was running with his 57-year-old father. And it wasn’t just running, they had a goal, to run a sub-six mile!
At 57 His father wanted to run a sub-six-mile and set a new goal. Now running a 6-minute mile is a test of endurance and speed. Not everyone can do it. I can’t run sub-six mile – I haven’t done that since I was in my twenties.
But here’s the interesting part. The son decided he was going to pace his Dad. He was going to pull him along, motivate him to run faster.
And so I watched them run, the 57-year-old man and his son. But mostly the Dad, I know how much it takes, your body has to be right, I know how many heartstrings you need in your legs. So I’m watching, wondering if the Dad is strong enough.
As I watch, I notice something, I notice how the son is pacing. He is running in front of his father, but not too far in front, just enough to keep pulling him along.
Dad hadn’t run a sub-six mile recently, he was trying to do something he hadn’t done in five years. His son had however run a sub-five mile a week earlier.
As I watch them cross the finishing line, my eyes are drawn to the clock, they had almost done it. They had clocked 6. 21 seconds. That was a great achievement!
Now the father hadn’t done something like this in over five years, but he did it in six-minute and twenty-one seconds despite his age.
That got me thinking, how does one use time in a way that you can get faster despite your age? How do you build speed in life?
Think about the world’s fastest runners. Usain Bolt the current fastest man in a hundred meters, Carl Lewis the first man to run a hundred meters under a minute, or Roger Bannister the first man to run a mile in four minutes.
They all broke barriers, did what nobody else had done before. How did they do that? They worked on their endurance. But not everybody can run as fast as they did, not everybody can break records.