Pro Q & A: Jeff See
Jeff See, a member of the professional field at tomorrow's Medtronic TC 1 Mile, answered some questions recently for TCM Blog readers. The Ohio State University alumnus talks, among other things, about the validation he felt the first time her broke four minutes for the mile.
With the 60th anniversary of Roger Bannister's first-ever sub-4:00 mile yesterday, can you tell us what the "four-minute mile" means or has meant to you during your career?
Breaking 4 minutes in the mile has sort of become a right of passage for runners trying to get to the elite level. I remember when I did it for the first time having a strong feeling of validation, that everything I'd been toward had been worth it.
What is your goal for the Medtronic TC 1 Mile?
What is your favorite speed workout when you're training for the mile?
I love to do sets of 300s with very little rest within the sets. 300m is a good distance for speed development because it's short enough to where you can pretty much go all out but you're spending a lot of time under tension.
What advice do you have for citizen runners training to run fast for the mile?
Get after it! The mile is that special distance where if you're lucky you might manage to finish before your body even knows it's tired.
What motivates you as a runner?
Probably just the constant goal of self-improvement. I know that if i can reach my potential I will have a great shot at representing the U.S. on an Olympic team, and that should be every runner's dream!
Where is your favorite place to run?
My favorite place to run is probably this dirt road that winds around a lake just across the border in North Carolina. I always like runs that have smooth, soft surfaces but are also hard enough to allow you really get moving and this place is perfect for that.