Run a mile (or 2 seconds faster for a 1600m) in under 5:00.
None in particular other than disappointment of running a 5:01 junior year and never getting a chance to run track senior year (after which I was quite a bit faster) due to injuries by track season.
If you're not a runner, it sounds like an elite achievement. If you ran varsity in high school, you were probably faster (I wasn't).
A couple of weeks ago I timed myself to see where I was at. 7:09 (I'll argue sub-optimal conditions, but really not the point).
I bought myself an overpriced nike+ sports watch with gps just to be able to more easily measure my workouts. I think if you ran in high school and couldn't do it, as an adult it might be easier. My first mini-goal is to run a sub 6 minute mile at my old high school on 12/15/12. If I can't do that I might need to adjust my goals.
How I got here:
Well, I was an ok high school runner. Weighed about 180 going into my senior year at 6'1" which was probably my peak fitness. Was regularly doing 6-8 mile workouts at 7-7:30 pace (making my current mile look pretty sad). 4 years of college with bad eating habits and I gained over 70 pounds to my peak weight at around 255. I've been much better over the last few years getting down to 220 which is still pretty heavy. My fitness isn't too bad, but obviously to meet my running goals I'm probably going to have to drop at least 20 pounds over the next year.
I think eventually I'll need some real speed work, but I'm starting out trying to up my miles while remaining (mostly) injury free. I pushed myself a little bit too much possibly over my first couple of weeks of training and I'm starting to have some mild pains in places where I shouldn't (upper hip near my pelvis) so I'm trying to run without pain as I don't want to develop injuries from compensating.
Steps as I see them:
1. Build a base
2. Incorporate distance speed
3. Do speed work only in the last few months.
Specifically for 1. my goal is to get to about 20 miles per week to start. Then try to get my workouts about 4-miles at a time now at consistently sub 8:00 pace. Then I hope to try to slowly increase my runs to 5-6 miles at similar paces (maybe go up to 8:30 then try to bring it back down for health). Will focus a lot on flexibility and still incorporate some lifting / strength a couple of days a week for balance and overall fitness.
Towards then end I'll likely have to start doing some speed work. I haven't worked it out exactly, but I could start with just some intervals and then maybe try working towards an 8x400m workout all 71-72 which should prep me. I wasn't a very even running in high school, I had some races where I ran splits like 71, 75, 85, 77 so I think I want to try as I do time trials along the way to really hit even splits or very slightly positive splits. I could imagine my race going 74, 75, 75, 74 under ideal circumstances.
I hope I'm not deluding myself in my goals. I get looks even from people that knew me in high school. Wish me luck in my training and I'll try to post some updates if there's enough interest.