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50-Year-Old to Attempt a sub-4:20 Mile

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Can a 50-Year-Old Run a 4:20 Mile?

Residence: Houston, TX Career: Coaching Family: Single, one son Lifetime PRs: Mile: 4:02 (1991) 3,000-meter steeplechase: 8:35 (1990) Half-marathon: 1:03:30 (1995) Marathon: 2:10:59 (1996) PRs 40 and up: 5K: 14:49 (2009) 10K: 30:11 (2006) Half-marathon: 1:07:09 (2007) Marathon: 2:20:30 (2007) Key Track Workout For the Mile: * 3 mile warm-up, light stretching and drills, sprint the straightaways and jog the turns for a mile * 12 x 200 meters in 32 seconds, 30 seconds recovery between each * jog 2 minutes * 800 meters in 2:04 * use foam roller after cool-down Can a 50-year-old run a 4:20 mile?

Sean Wade will turn 50 next February and will then attempt to be the first 50-year old to run the mile in under 4;20. Sean, however, is not your typical age-group athlete having run the 1996 Olympic Marathon in Atlanta for his native country of New Zealand.

With some impressive PR’s to his credit, it’s quite likely he’ll succeed.

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