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As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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Brian Alexander is doing 27 things including…

run an 8 minute mile


Brian Alexander has written 2 entries about this goal

Newest Record

I’m definitely making progress! As of today, my time was 9’17”! Two minutes off my original time! I can even run longer (3 miles is my distance record) though I have to pace myself a bit more.

I’m very excited about this one, though I am sure that the progress from here will be in smaller increments.


As far as I know, I’ve never run an eight minute mile. When I was young, I remember running a mile in 8’45” around the track at school.

Just to get an idea of where I stand, I hopped on the treadmill at the gym yesterday. I finished up right at 12’17, and my heart-rate was through the roof at 201 BPM.

I’ll try again next week and see if I can’t at least finish under 12’00”. In the meantime, I’ll do some research into where a fit person’s heart-rate should be after running a mile. If anyone has any advice, do let me know!


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