Anyone who has strived for a time goal on a run (whether it was a marathon or a loop around the park) can relate to the sweet satisfaction expressed in Mindy Kaling’s tweet below. “Today I ran a 9.5 minute mile. Which is slow as hell but I’ve been trying to do it for 8 years! Hooray for me!” the actress wrote.
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Congrats, Mindy! And FWIW, we don’t think a 9:30-minute mile is a slow pace by any means—especially for those of us who don’t run competitively but enjoy reaping all the health benefits of hitting the pavement.
As runners know, it’s easy to get stuck in a one-speed rut, and a real challenge to improve your times. It takes a lot of commitment, including intense speed work and varied cross training, to make a notable change.
According to a list of self-improvement to-dos that Kaling posted on Instragram back in 2014, she’s ultimately striving for a 9-minute mile.
Now that we are on a little break between seasons I'm going to start my journey to minor self-improvement. I'm going to cook every recipe in @gwynethpaltow's excellent healthy & yummy cookbook with Miranda and Marissa, I'm going to try not to wear too much makeup (see raccoon eyes above), I'm going to barre class, I'm going to get down to a 9 minute mile, I'm going to work on my book, I'm going to try to go hiking with BJ and Jeremy and try not to complain once, and I'm going to try to spend time with my dad. Also I'm going to watch 12 Years A Slave and not turn it off out of horror. Also I'm not going to buy any clothes.
With her new PR, she’s so close! In another celebratory post from yesterday, Kaling offered a dose of encouragement to the rest of us chasing after our own fitness goals, sometimes for years at a time: “If I can do it, so can you!”