A brief history of the mile At what point does the door shut on improvement? A brief history of the mile, from Runners World. Ran a 5:08 as a ninth grader. Ran 4:59.8 as a 45-year old. Next Blog By jeff noel Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites. View all of jeff noel's posts.