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2011/04/05 17:30:42 (permalink)
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Running a mile

Recently started running again after a LOOOOONGG lay off. I used to be pretty darn good when a teenager but was also about 7 stone lighter and not very strong.
 
Just wondering what is considered slow/average/moderate/good/fantastic for something to aim for rather than just running faster.
 
 

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    mystictal
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 18:41:01 (permalink)
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    5.00 mins or less really good. 6.00 mins or less decent.
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 19:12:18 (permalink)
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    Not exactly what you asked for but the British Army requires male recruits to run 1.5 miles in 10.5 minutes (so a 7 minute mile pace) and female recruits to do it in 13 minutes (so 8m40s pace).
     
    Those times are probably a fairly decent mark to go for in terms of general aerobic fitness.
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 19:51:13 (permalink)
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    6 to 6.30 is good to aim for if your considering aiming to run longer distances in the future. if you sole aim is a decent time for a mile then aim more like 5.30
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 19:54:27 (permalink)
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    Cheers chaps. Going to stick with 2 miles only and just try and decrease time. Just for health and CV fitness (maybe ill lean up slightly too?)
     
    Seem to be just over the 7 min mark for 2 miles, but thats with a big fook off hill finish. So next target 6.30 miles :)

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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 19:54:50 (permalink)
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    I passed the initial Royal Marines fitness test (although applied for the Navy) and that was the following;
     
    1) Warmup run, 1.5 mile (2.6km) in less than 12:30 
    *20 second rest*
    1) Run, 1.5 mile (2.6km) in less than 8 minutes (i think)
     
    Anyway, the best I got on treadmill for 1.5 mile was 7 min 32 secs, which I guess is good. 

    Anything under 10minutes is good imo. You can build your stamina up really, really quickly if you have the motivation and time. 
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 19:56:05 (permalink)
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    If youre doing it for general health/cv, I can't stress how much more fun doing an actual sport is. Running to me nowadays (especially on the tread) is so ****ing dull. A 90 minute game of footie or rugby with your mates on the other hand :D
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 19:57:09 (permalink)
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    before I quit I was averaging 80mins for a half marathon which equated roughly to 6min 5sec miles over the 13.1mile distance which was an average pace for a running club member but way off the pace for an average athletic club runner
     
    cant say what I'd have down for a single mile as never did anything that short, but guessing anything under 7mins for a well built bloke would be an achievement as the 5mins or 6mins posted above wouldnt really be obtainable for a well built bloke as too much weight to carry round
     
    as most middle distance runners are around 12% lighter than the average man for their height and thats based on a formula by some Dr, cant remember his name but to give you an idea Seb Coe was 20% and Steve Cram 15% lighter than the average man for their height

     
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 20:31:22 (permalink)
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    Yeah, im never going to be as fast as I was/fantastic at running at 17 stone but should be good to see what I can do in a few months......
     
    6 min miles for a half marathon? JEEEEEEZZZZZ that seems incredible!
     
     

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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 22:41:22 (permalink)
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    Mile and a half (2.4km, aka the army run as mentioned above) in under 9 minutes usually raises an 'impressed' look on my face.  My best ever is 7.54 but lucky if I get a 8.40ish now.

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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 22:44:36 (permalink)
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    Best I've done is 3 miles in bout 17 mins and that was fcking hard so reckon under 6 is good!

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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 22:50:42 (permalink)
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    Did 1.1/2 in 7:45/50 in basic training but 6-7mins per mile ongoing is ok.

    Everyone has been in shape,but not everyone is IN shape,its about where your going not where you have been.
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 23:03:56 (permalink)
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    Maybe I was actually a natural at something! At school when I was 14 at about 5, 7" I used to do the mile run in 5.40, I wasn't at all fit and didn't play much sport.
     
    Might go and see what I can do it in now that Im fitter and taller.
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/05 23:32:37 (permalink)
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    Running is hard with all the weight.  I really, really struggle to pass fitness tests these days, where before I could do it with 2 mins spare. 
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/06 00:01:10 (permalink)
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    I done 1.5 miles in 8m 55, my best time in basic training, some of the PTI's were doing it in around 7 mins or slightly over.
     
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/06 00:18:44 (permalink)
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    marines was 3 miles in under 22mins wen i did it. as for the army side, i think its more than 10.5 mins, at 10.5 mins they wud struggle to get recruits!
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/06 00:32:44 (permalink)
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    Depends what role you're going for.

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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/06 00:44:04 (permalink)
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    I have been jogging twice weekly the past 3 months or so and normally do 3 mile in about 25 mins.
    Done a 10km fun run last year in under 50mins and was pleased with that. Was justr over 17stone at the time.
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/06 07:44:22 (permalink)
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    I Sid the reading half a few weeks ago and timed it in 1:50 dead.

    To give you an idea I placed about 3500 out of 12,500

    Not fantastic cut good enough for me.

    10k is my favourite and do it in around 45 mins
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    Re:Running a mile 2011/04/06 07:56:52 (permalink)
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    GavTheOne

    marines was 3 miles in under 22mins wen i did it. as for the army side, i think its more than 10.5 mins, at 10.5 mins they wud struggle to get recruits!

    No it's not, it's 10:30.  And recruits are only expected to pass after a few weeks build up training.   That and the 8 mile tab.
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