Three Fourteen

Posted: 3rd June 2014 by mockjogger in Lists
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Last week in Edinburgh I got close to my ultimate goal of running a marathon in under 4 hours. The official time of 4:03:13 leaves me three minutes and 14 seconds to find. Not that I’m obsessed or anything, but when I think about it, there is is a lot I can do in 3.14.

US 4x400 1928 AmsterdamI could run all the 4 x 400m relay legs by myself. The United States relay team produced a world record 3.14 (at the time) to win the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. Of course, I would have to work on my speed training and sprint form, but with only one runner there is less chance of dropping the baton, no?

porsche le mans 85I could drive a lap of Le Mans. In 1985, Hans Stuck took 3.14 to secure pole position in a Porsche 926C. The record still stands today. Might be a bit of s stretch in my GTI, but it’s just been in for a service and is purring along quite nicely.

Aussies 2000I could swim the 4 x 100m freestyle relay, all legs by myself (again). The Aussie relay team took 3.14 to break the world record and take the gold at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. I’m allowed to do the breaststroke, right? I mean that’s why it’s called freestyle after all.

lego harry potterI could complete the “Dumbledore’s Army” Level in “Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7”. The world record of 3.14 was set by “Anna” in Minnesota on November 3rd 2013. Coming to think about it, I might put this in my playlist: “Dumbledore’s army is here to stay, Dumbledore’s army are on their way”, if Elvis Costello let’s me.

one-direction-best-song-everAnd finally, I could listen to One Direction – Best Song Ever (Jump Smokers remix), which lasts 3.14. Now this is not something I would normally do. No offence to the boys or anything, but I’m usually searching for a different vibe in my tunes selection, running or not. However, now that I have put it out there I have no choice – this tune is going into every running playlist I use, and there it will remain until I crack the big 4-0. If that doesn’t provide the necessary motivation, I don’t know what else I can do.