If I'm running multiple miles...I'd say I'm in the 9:15-9:30 range. If asked to just run a mile as fast as I can, that's a not-blazing 8:00 or so. When I decided I wanted to get faster, intervals helped me. Run all out pace for 30 seconds, recover for 2 minutes with a moderate jog, repeat until I totaled about 2.5 - 3 miles.
Getting really into weight training helped a huge amount - lots of heavy-ish squatting, regular workouts that incorporated 400m and 800m runs as part of a timed workout, things like that. I'm a CrossFit person, but any high intensity interval training type of program could offer similar results.
I either run about 6 miles in an hour (but over very rough terrain so there's places you really HAVE to slow down), or I do short sprint sets (100 meters), which I can cover at impressive speeds. Weight-lifting and sprinting up hills are what really improves your sprinting speed.
I've never actually tried to just run ONE mile as fast as I could, so I can't really say.
Note if you're running on a treadmill only, that often treadmill running does not carry over into real running- many a person who can run well on a treadmill can't make it around the block without keeling over.
I have a note from my surgeon that says I never have to run again. YEAH! Taking the pack test to be a wildland firefighter, I walked 3 15-min miles, does that count? You're not allowed to run for that.
i typically only run when being chased too but have signed up to do a 5k with a friend so want to not embarass myself to much. i should probably even clarify i would consider myself more a jogger than runner.
I've got a bum knee, so I had to give up running any sort of distance. Last week I just wanted to see how I could do, so I went one mile. 9:30 at a reasonable pace. I wasn't really looking for speed, I just wanted to see if I could still do it.
"Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care." ~Jimmy Buffett
I have only been running for a year or so. I run a little over a 10 minute mile on the street. I am NOT fast at all, but I am pretty consistent. I have never pushed for speed and I run further then a mile each time. Treadmill running is way different then running outside though. My treadmill is very broken (none of the gages work and it is always at a steep incline), but it still performs its basic function, I just know I can run for a much longer time on the treadmill then I can run on the street.
I've never sprinted a whole mile as fast as I could. My best 5K time was 29 mins, so that's about 9 minute miles (6.6 mph).
I've run 2 marathons but I was pretty slow - 12 minute miles overall, included some walking (thinking why the h*ll did I sign up for this!) lol
The trouble with sprinting at my age is it can hurt something - then I lose the pleasure of my 2-3 mile jogs 3-4 times a week. I enjoy those at about 5-6 mph- just enough not to hurt too much & give me some endorphin highs
If you are running to lose weight, speed does help - as long as you inch up gradually.
When I was 20, I could run a single mile in about 5:40.
I ran a 5K with my daughter and some of her friends (Girls On The Run) last April and got in right around the 31 min mark, but I was trying to motivate some of the girls to finish. Had I been by myself I probably would have done it slightly under 30. However my right knee has not been the same since and it is trashed.
When I was in junior high, we had to finish a mile in under 15 minutes in order to pass that unit in phys ed class. I failed - I couldn't do it, and the teacher laughed and said I was probably just "naturally unathletic". In my late 20s I got into running seriously and my mile time is down to around 5:45... so those gym teachers don't know everything!
I used to be a long distance runner before the knee surgeries. My best time was 6.5 minute miles, but I never ran less than 5 miles at a clip. Are you sprinting or going for distance.
One of my most memorable running experiences was when I was probably the most fit I've ever been and training for a marathon. I was running my usual route and I heard an elderly main huffing and puffing behind me. I was worried he wasn't going to make it up the hill. I shouldn't have been worried...he passed me. It was a very humbling experience.
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I can do the 1st mile of 3 in ~8:40. The other two I try to keep around 10 minutes. We had to run a timed mile for a class which is why I tried to do it faster but I realized even when I do my 3 miles every night, I like to push myself for the first one.
I can run a single mile in around 8 minutes, but if I'm running multiples (3-4 miles), I average between 8:30-9 mins per mile. My average pace used to be around a 10 minute mile, and my goal has been to get faster and still maintain the same stamina, which I've been able to do. Interval training is what got me there.
There's a "Riders Who Run" thread going in the Off Course forum that also has some helpful info. As far as how fast I (57 year old beginner) can run a mile, well, I can't run the whole mile without a break yet, but I can walk/jog a mile in about 13 minutes. I'd like to do a 5K this spring.
If you haven't been fitted for good running shoes, please do so. I was running in regular sneakers, but my knee was hurting a bit. I went to Fleet Feet, and they fitted me with good shoes that provided more support so my knees would feel better. No more knee issues since then.
If all I had to do is run one mile, I could do it in about 7 minutes. When I run between 5-8 of them, I can run about a 9:45-10:00 average. I ran 20 of them last Saturday, and my average pace was 11:15.