Friday, September 15, 2006

The Perfect Mile (Neal Bascomb)

While running Superior last week; I, Maria, Jerry and Stuart were speaking of Dean K and Pam Reed. We all had read Ultramarathon Man and enjoyed it, I was giving a recap of the Pam Reed book and then stated I had finished reading The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb. Jerry was in the process of reading the title, so I didn't give too much away.

This is a National Bestseller, it gives one hope and that feeling "YES, I CAN DEFY ALL ODDS". I think that is why it is a Bestseller. Who doesn't want to feel hopeful..and you know, if he/she/they can do it..why can't I?

That's the feeling I get whenever someone will tell me they can't run or they can't quit smoking or they can't lose weight. HELLO! If I can, you can too.

This story took me much longer to read than the last two. The story is very very indepth. I really came to know Wes Santee, a Kansas farm boy; Roger Bannister, an English medical student and John Landy, an Australian rich boy.

The three men were out to break the 4 minute mile barrier. This story tells of their lives as children, high school students and college/military men. We learn of their coaches and their training procedures, their Olympic dreams and battles, their races against one another.

I found myself wanting Wes, the Kansas boy, to be the first to break the 4 minute mile. He truly believed he could. He had no doubt.

This story takes place in the early 1950's; before steroids and such were invented. They plain old eat well and work hard. It's an amazing story.

One by one, each man gets closer to the 4 minute mile barrier. Each man breaks the barrier..again and again they chisel away at it. It makes the reader realize that we set our own limitations. If we open our minds to what we really want, and to what we really believe..be careful..you might just get it!

2 comments:

Joe said...

Great story, Juli. ESPN ran a two hour movie on Roger Bannister's effort last year. They touched on the other two competitors but focused on Bannister, his interests and foibles. I enjoyed it, though I don't think the broader public (translated: non running) got into it.

Saw your post at robtherunner and realized I hadn't told you I was running Portland Marathon, with Rob and friends, the same day you run TCM. We'll compare notes!!

marathonP said...

Well, he's on his way. 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days...Karno is something else:

http://www.endurance50.com/

He certainly doesn't run simply for joy in anonymity, and self promotion and publicity is what he craves...but it is inspiring and fun to watch nontheless.

phil