Ran a Mile in Under 10 Minutes

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  1. Steve says:

    Congrats Tyler, I knew you’d be able do it. WooT!

    The best advice I could give was be to just keep going at it. I’m always surprising myself in regards to how far I can run (w/o slowing to walk), how fast, etc..etc..

  2. Kellie says:

    Slow and steady is my advice. I just ran an 18miler and never thought that would ever be possible. Just don’t do too much too fast. 10% rule always applies in running.

  3. BossyMommy says:

    You rocked it, T. You always do. I love hearing this stuff from you. I want to run. It feels good, even though I secretly hate it. Need to get rid of the PF in my foot first.

  4. AndrewENZ says:

    I found it took me about 6 months of running before I finally figured out the breathing. Well done on the 10 minute mile!

  5. Tyler,
    Today I’m off of work and Sundays are busy days for me trying to fit in time with the family and wash laundry before the kids go back school and my husband goes back to work. (I work W-Sa) I really didn’t want to get on the treadmill at all but I thought of you and got my lazy butt up! I went from not wanting to get on it at all to staying on it for one hour. The rest of the day I had tons of energy and felt so accomplished. PLUS because of my work out I could eat a little more! 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing your journey. You are really inspiration and motivation to me.
    Congrats on your 10 minute mile! Your rocked it!!!

  6. beej says:

    You are a total rockstar, Tyler. Kick butt. No tips from me, you seem to have some good plans to me. It just fun to tag along on the ride.

  7. Chad says:

    Congrats on the 10-minute mile!!! Amazing achievement!

  8. Rachel says:

    Thats awesome! This past weekend me and my friend ran in our first 5.2 K. that’s 3.2 miles, and we both came in at 43 minutes. I am far from being in shape at all lol, but I found that setting that goal a month earlier, pushed me to train properly and routinely! Awesome job once again!

  9. sarah says:

    You are truly an inspiration :o)

  10. Congratulations! That’s a major accomplishment. I’m still trying to hit a 2 minute jog. 🙂

  11. Tom says:

    Hey I read your story on Msn.Applaud! By the way,do you use any supplements?

  12. Brandon says:

    Congrats, that’s a really great accomplishment! You’ve worked really hard at this, and definitely should feel proud of yourself. I’m sure you’ll be doing that 8 minute mile before you know it! 🙂

  13. Michelle says:

    I was going to make a snide remark about walking 20 miles, up hill both ways to school and how you forgot that you didn’t have shoes or pants and it was snowing in July(which is how I always heard it, I have dirty minded old people who said that)… But you actually accomplished something awesome. Good job.

    Its funny, I fear the treadmill but LOVE the elliptical. Maybe its because I have a fear of falling OFF the treadmill…

  14. James Trapani says:

    Congratulations!!! I just started jogging and have been inspired by your posts. How many miles can you jog now without stopping?

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  16. Tyler says:

    I’m going at it alright. I think I’m going to bump up the incline to 1.0 tonight. I ran a mile in like 9:40 last night.

    I’m on my way.

  17. Tyler says:

    How long did 18-miles take you?

  18. Tyler says:

    I used to secretly hate it, now I love it. Give it a try when the PF is gone.

  19. Tyler says:

    The breathing was holding me back. Not anymore, I broke through those chains and am breathing like a champ!

  20. Tyler says:

    I’m glad you thought of me! Exercise will do that for you — make you feel recharged, energetic, and powerful. Running and lifting weights in particular have that ability.

    Thanks so much, Amber!

  21. Tyler says:

    I’m glad you’re along for the ride, Beej, you know that.

  22. Tyler says:

    You are too, Sarah. 🙂

  23. Tyler says:

    I have the Cooper River Bridge Run coming up in a couple of months — that’s going to be a whole lot of fun.

  24. Jaclyn says:

    Give me a “T”, you got your T, you got your T
    Give me a “Y”, you got your Y, you got your Y
    Give me a “L”, you got your L, you got your L
    Give me a “E”, you got your E, you got your E
    Give me a “R”, you got your R, you got your R

    YAAAAYYY TYLER! Awesome! Thats the same way I started, half a mile, then a mile, mile and a half…..etc etc. Before you know it, youre a running pheen!

  25. Colleen says:

    If your goal is 20 miles, why stop there! That’s usually the longest training run you do for a MARATHON (26.2 miles) YOU CAN DO IT!!! Also running a 3% incline is hardcore! I run marathons and I only inline it during intervals. Congrats on the sub 10 pace!!

  26. Cory says:

    Nice job, congrats!! No tips from me, just a pat on the back 🙂

  27. tim says:

    Great news on the 10 min mile. it will take allot more to drop to the 8 min mile.
    My best I was given, was to run for longer, slower.. than run fast for a shorter time.

    I was once 18st, but this weekend, and 2 stone ligher I will be doing this exreme event..
    http://www.toughguy.co.uk.. would you fancy it one day?
    there is room at mine in England if you do ever come over!


  28. sarah says:

    Breathing is the most important part of running and the second is to keep going. Your body tires before your mind. It is a mental game to get through. When I run, I use every step as a count. And breath in one step, and out the next step (or every other step depending on how fast you breath). This helps me a lot. If you find running on a treadmill to be tiresome and boring, I suggest trying to run outside. I feel it is a lot easier and the time goes by a lot faster. You can pick your own distance then. Good Luck! Congrats!

  29. Craig says:

    That is so awesome Tyler! Please teach me the breathing technique…not working out here for me.

  30. SK says:

    What was your breathing technique? I can do 3 hours of karate but can’t run to the end of the block because I just can’t breathe. It’s frustrating and I can’t find any guidance.

  31. Steve says:

    Wow… I wish I could do that. I REALLY like the treadmill but the shin splints get to me before I can really get going. Even with the right running shoes.

  32. Penelope Spiker says:

    that is so great, congrats! I want to run so bad, I’ve been walking 4mts. then I run for a minute and I do that for about two miles (I walk around my neighborhood ) it’s hard and my legs start hurting, but I can walk one mile in 15 minutes, I can walk up to 3 miles and be ok, but I really want to run, that’s one of those things that I’ve always thought it was impossible!

  33. Tom says:

    I think at my current weight of 359 I would break the treadmill to run on it! Or the knees would buckle. I think that is great. Whats it like to be able to run with 125+ less pounds? Your muscles I would think would be used to carrying that weight, so running with that much less I would think for the muscles, not the lungs, wouldn’t be too horrible? I am still trying to increase my normal speeds on the treadmill. Was up to 3.3 now for 35 minutes straight….8 minutes….Like your a high school kid in gym class again.

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  34. Denise says:

    That’s awesome!! I am so proud of you and your success. You are a great inspiration to so many of us!

  35. two says:

    AWESOME Tyler! Even when I was running regularly and in decent shape, I could not break that barrier. You should be proud of yourself! Thanks for sharing you achievement with us. Good job!

  36. Ashley says:

    10 min wow…. wait i mean WOW!!!!!!! The last time i was able to run a ten min mile was when i was in Jr. Highschool… i envy you i really do. ill catch up i will i will. cant wait untill i can run a ten min again,

    Your ahead of me on the weight loss at the moment

    Me this week: Down a total of 5.2 lb
    You in the past: Down a total 16 lb

    Got some catching up to do 😛

  37. Ashley says:

    Wait that was an error on my part.

    I am down 5.2
    you were down 11.2

    Your still in the lead but i ll catch up i will i will.


  38. kate says:

    I KNEW you could do it. Congratulations man!

  39. chuck says:

    Congrats bro, I just got back from the gym, I did 2.15 miles in 30 minutes. My goal is to get 3.0 miles in 30 minutes, its a long ways away, but there is only one way to get there, JUST DO IT.

    Congrats and thanks again for the inspiration.

  40. Mike says:

    Tyler, you’re an inspiration to us all. You’ve proved, and continue to prove, that when there’s a will, there’s a way.

  41. Congratulations Tyler! I can’t imagine running a mile that fast, but I know one day I will. Keep it up and keep telling us about your progress!

  42. Julie says:

    Tyler, I don’t even know you, but I am so proud of you! You are an inspiration to people who have any amount of weight to lose…

  43. JayLoss says:

    That’s great! I ran for 10 minutes yesterday without any issue, but I was at 4 MPH.. 🙂 No mile for sure, but I’ll get there.

    I totally agree with the controlled breathing part. Long deep breathes work great for me… once I figured that out I could go twice as long easy.


  44. Dave says:

    Talk about an inspiration and a goal that was reached, eh? Wow.

    That’s actually a goal of mine over the next two months, just to start running. I’m 385lb right now, started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu a year ago, but at this weight the running is too rough on my knees. I know I’ll get there soon, though, since I’m finally starting to look at the food I eat.


  45. Congrats on the great running time. I’m weighing in at 385lb right now, have been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for almost a year. And only finally am I starting to be more concerned about what I eat, or how much I eat. Man, what a battle. I’ve set a running goal for myself over the next two months, and can’t wait until I can do so.

  46. Tyler says:

    I’ve been there, just keep going.

  47. Tyler says:

    I use whey protein and a multi-vitamin.

  48. Tyler says:

    I’m already working on it. As of yesterday, I’m at 9:30.

  49. Tyler says:

    I would’ve loved the snide remark. I’m really snarky and sarcastic in life. I enjoy receiving the same when deserved.

  50. Tyler says:

    I haven’t tried to go to “failure” as it’s called. I reckon I could go maybe 15 minutes or so at 5.0 mph.

  51. Tyler says:

    Thanks for being a cheerleader 🙂

  52. Tyler says:

    I’m definitely going to start preparing to run long distances. I want to run a marathon — I have the Cooper River Bridge Run coming up, I’ll post updates about that soon.

  53. Tyler says:

    I’ll accept your pat on the back, Cory.

  54. Tyler says:

    The next time I’m in England, I’ll make sure to stop by! That event looks pretty tough, but I’d definitely be interested.

  55. Tyler says:

    I’d run outside if it wasn’t so cold. You’re right on the breathing and keep going parts — your mind really quits before your legs do. It’s all about form and having control.

  56. Tyler says:

    I can’t really teach it. It’s just fast, rapid breathing. Consistently. It just clicked for me this past week and if you keep trying, I’m sure it’ll click for you.

  57. Tyler says:

    I know EXACTLY what you mean. I could do 3 hours on the elliptical, but I couldn’t run 5 minutes. Try to have fast, rapid breathing and take in as much oxygen as you can with every breath.

  58. Tyler says:

    How much do you weigh, if you don’t mind me asking?

  59. Tyler says:

    It’s always been impossible for me. When I started on the treadmill some 8 months ago I just walked a few minutes. When I started running, I could only run for like a minute.

    Just keep going and you’ll progress over time.

  60. Tyler says:

    Before, it was like I was carrying around a 12-year old on my back running. It’s easy with 125 less pounds.

  61. Tyler says:

    Thanks Denise! I LOVE your comments.

  62. Tyler says:

    Thanks, two. Nice blog!

  63. Tyler says:

    I know you’ll catch up, and I’ll watch you! Keep up the good work, Ashley.

  64. Tyler says:

    I know you did. Thanks for the support 🙂

  65. Tyler says:

    JUST DO IT. My motto to live by. You’ll get 3 miles in 30 minutes, and that’s certainly a goal of mine as well.

  66. Tyler says:

    I’ll definitely keep you updated. I’ll let you know when I’ve managed to run an 8-minute mile!

  67. Tyler says:

    Thanks for being proud of me, Julie. I appreciate the kind comments!

  68. Tyler says:

    Do you run at 4 MPH? I do a fast walk at 4 MPH, but I know some people do jo at that pace.

  69. Tyler says:

    Hey Dave, thanks for the comment and finding the blog. I have always thought about doing some sort of martial arts (maybe just karate) to have some fun burning calories.

    You’ll get there soon, man. Keep us updated.

  70. Tyler says:

    You’re back again! 🙂

  71. Patten says:

    My 15 minute miles hate you.

  72. Steve says:

    222 (give or take) right now. I’m sure that doesn’t help.

  73. Jen says:

    Hey Tyler!
    Congrats on all your work! That’s awesome that you’ve lost so much weight and are so driven. Here’s something that I found helpful. When I started running, I would be really tired by the end and didn’t think I’d be able to go any faster but then I figured out that I was putting too much energy in the wrong direction. I was bouncing too much instead of focusing on propelling forward. (Think cheetah…not kangaroo) I made the change and decreased my mile time by a whole minute! Good luck and keep it up! You’re awesome!

  74. Mike says:

    Congratulations on the 10 minute mile! Way to go champ!

    I was trying to think of some advice I could offer, since I love to run, but I run with a distance goal in mind, not a speed goal.

    I really started to run about a year ago, and I wasn’t even close to an 8 minute mile for many months. I’m there now, but I got there by focusing on a distance goal, and the speed just came along with that naturally.

    If speed is your first goal for running, I don’t have any specific advice to offer you. If you’re looking to do distances, then focusing on those will bring the speed increases naturally.

    Whatever you do, just keep at it and don’t give up! Like a lot of other things in life, the keys to success is determination and perseverance! Keep at it!

  75. hryudaya says:

    how often do you go to the gym to reach your wt loss goals? i saw various entries from 4x to everyday. i would like to lose about 10lbs in the next 3 months and was trying to calculate my gym commitment. calorie wise (using the tools on your website) i need to eat 1000.


  76. chacha1 says:

    Way after the fact but maybe someone will come along like me and browse the archives …

    This is a tip on breathing. I am a ballroom dancer, not a runner, but I have found that when I am climbing stairs or walking fast (which I do a lot) the best way to maintain a steady breath is to do 3:1. That is, three steps to one inhalation, then three steps to one exhalation.

    This revelation came when I realized I got less out of breath doing Viennese Waltz, which is about a 6 to 7 mph pace, than slow waltz – because in VW I inhaled and exhaled evenly on each measure (three steps).

    Try it when you’re jogging on the treadmill. I’ll bet if you go (inhale-2-3) (exhale-2-3) you will find you keep a nice steady rhythm without losing track of your breath.

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