The men’s 1500m is arguably one of the toughest events to consistently medal and finish high. There are countless athletes across a plethora of countries competing at a high level in the 1500 meters. The margin for error is extremely narrow and one false move can sabotage a great effort. Canada’s Taylor Milne knows this all too well. This past weekend Taylor went after the Canadian A Standard of 3:35:50 at the Payton Jordan Invitational from Stanford University but fell short running 3:38.07 in an extremely competitive field. Runner’s Feed asked Taylor a few questions prior to the event. We wish Taylor the best of luck as he chases this standard over the next couple of months.
Runner’s Feed: What will be your game plan going into Payton Jordan?
Taylor Milne: Follow behind the rabbit and figure it out once he’s gone. If I have to go for it on my own I will. But I hope there is a group working for it.
RF: Any guys in the field you’ll be looking to pace yourself with?
TM: Looks like Jamal Aarrass from MT Sac will be in there, so if he employs the same race tactic that would be great. Just make sure I’m in a little closer contact when things get rolling. I think Andy Baddely is looking for a quick one as well.
RF: 3:35.50 is the Canadian A Standard. Your PR is 3:36.00. Is reaching the standard your goal for this weekend?
TM: 100% it is the only goal of the weekend.
RF: Speed River is sending a number of athletes to Payton Jordan. What’s the strength of the club like at the moment?
TM: We are really rolling as a group. The energy is high and as a whole we want to do special things this year and we are looking to get it all started this weekend (marathoners aside, they have already taken care of business)
RF: Having participated in Beijing, does that experience increase your confidence in trying to make another Olympic team?
TM: I have to PB to qualify this year. I am happy to have made Beijing but I want to return to the Olympics and have a much better showing for myself. I do gain confidence knowing that in 2008 I was given a good race opportunity to hit the standard and I took advantage of it. So if the opportunity comes again I know I will be ready for it
RF: The 1500m is a distance where a number of different countries could potentially medal. What’s it like to compete in a race with so much parody across the World.
TM: It’s Great. You know if you can get in that final anything can happen.
RF: If you can achieve the standard this weekend, what will be your plan going forward heading into London?
TM: I have a race lined up in Jamaica the following weekend and if I can have a standard in my pocket after that I will go back and put in a training block and work on some 800m speed and get ready for nationals and beyond.
RF: Take us through how you prepare on race day.
TM: Honestly I do a whole lot of nothing. I think about my racing a lot while training but the day of the race I try not to flip into game mode until about an hour and a half before race time. At that time I will think and visualize about the race for about half an hour and then it’s into warm up jog and drills. I try to keep if fairly loose until then.
About the Author: Brett Bonisteel resides in Ottawa, Canada and trains with the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club. Brett is a passionate fan of the sport of distance running and enjoys writing about the sport’s elites. He comes from a family of distance athletes and when they aren’t competing out on the roads, winning a fierce game of Jeopardy holds equal bragging rights.