Nick is a New Zealand middle distance runner and the country’s only two-time Olympic medalist in the 1500 metres. He won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. Nick is also the first person to run a sub-four-minute mile for 20 consecutive years. His mile PB is 3:49.83. He ran his first sub-four-minute mile (3:58.15) aged 20 in 203 for the University of Michigan at the Notre Dame Meyo Indoor Invitational in Indiana. .
In this conversation we introduce the Tracksmith Amateur Mile project and see what the first week of training for a mile race looks like (transcript below)
First Some Advice from Nick Willis
My name is Nick Nick Willis. I am from New Zealand originally and I used to, well I still run the mile, I suppose. I’ve also been involved in coaching the everyday runner over the mile, along with my wife, through an online boot camp business that we’ve had for the last seven years. Now in my role at Trackmsith I have built this relationship with you Marcus. It seems like you’ve been a bit stale running the marathon lately, so my colleague Andy (Waterman) said “hey, why don’t we get Marcus running the mile to switch things up for him?” That’s the journey that we’ve embarked upon. I’m excited to see what you can do. So yeah, tell me how this time trial went Marcus.