Men's 1 Mile Indoor World Record — 3:48.45
There is talk of a world record attempt in the indoor Men's 1 Mile. Currently, the King of the Mile, Hicham El Guerrouj owns the mark at 3:48.45.
Before him, Irishman Eamonn Coghlan had it at 3:49. Here is must read interview with Eamonn from deadspin titled: How I Broke The Indoor Mile Record: An Interview With A "Freak."
Personally, I enjoy record breaking attempts. Track racing is about pushing limits and the thrill of competition. A record attempt carries both elements. As does every day racing. Sometimes the limit being pressed is historical and the competition is against a previous generation, but more often than not it is here and now — exceeding one's own limits against others who are seeking to do the same.
Regardless of the outcome of this record attempt, it is good for the sport — and humanity. Why? Because expanding the boundaries of human capacity is a sign of evolution which is also, and more importantly, called progress. And progress is something I am, and methinks many others are, a fan of. And what civilization always needs a healthy dose of, now more than ever.
Thanks for reading. I'm glad you're here. // jm