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How fast can you run a mile?


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I've recently got back into running, and my best time so far for running a mile is 8 minutes, 20 seconds.. without stopping.

What are your times? I want to see what you guys can do, so I can pick my next time goal!

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Did it today in 9 mins.  Use to do it in 12...so I'm happy with 9 (for now..).

eeww.. cardio... haha jk, unno the fastest ive done a mile was like 2 summers ago is about 7 minutes and 40sh seconds, that was when i was really light and scrawny tho, dont do much running nowdays, burns too many calories, only 100m sprints, keeping it anaerobic, so cant really tell how long it would take me to run a mile sadly

I've never tried it until tonight. I did 1 mile, at 5% incline in 9 minutes 20 seconds with no real problem.

I'm 56 and run the mile in 6:15.

Original Post by cpa_pfs:

I'm 56 and run the mile in 6:15.

show off Wink  after 5 years of activity, I am down to 7:15 mile, and I am 45 Smile

Well  ...  I could have just put 6:15 but that doesn't give a reference point.  Wink  I'm not considered fast in the group I train with.  One of the guys is mid 40's and run his marathon at a 6:06 pace.  There is always someone faster and someone slower than me.

Original Post by wesmckean:

Original Post by cpa_pfs:

I'm 56 and run the mile in 6:15.

show off   after 5 years of activity, I am down to 7:15 mile, and I am 45 

You guys are fast!

I was one of the slowest kids in grade school - high school.  When I was running in my twenties, I could do three miles in 21:00, so I am guessing that I could have done a single mile in 6:40 in 1980.

I still don't test myself at single miles, but I think I could do a 7:30 mile now, but I only just started running again (3 months ago) after a 4 year layoff. I am 51. I hope to be faster this summer.

Why am I running?  Is someone chasing me with a chainsaw?

My fastest mile is 7:29 but I was pretty close to keeling over afterwards ;). I usually average about 9:30-10. When I first started running, I was around a 12-minute mile.

Original Post by rloyear:

Why am I running?  Is someone chasing me with a chainsaw?

I run because I enjoy it.  No need for chainsaws or whips or anything such.  As a side benefit, when most men my age deal with heart problems  ...  I have excellent cardio and pulminary functions.  My doctors smile when I have a check up.  My resting heart rate is only 38. 

Original Post by rloyear:

Why am I running?  Is someone chasing me with a chainsaw?

LOL...  some of us are destined to be Darwined.

I do a mile in around 9 minutes. I can do 7 minutes, 45 seconds, but it makes me a bit miserable. I'd personally rather go slower and farther.

6-ish maybe. I prefer sprints though

I am a new runner so keep that in mind. I started a few weeks ago averaging between 11-12 minutes per mile, running 3 miles at a time typically. I also run outdoors and I personally feel that makes a difference. Treadmills are great and all but it is totally different. Now a few weeks in I am getting a little faster. I did my run today averaging 10:09 per mile. Nice little jump for me. My first mile was clocked at 9min 40 sec. But apparently I get slower the further I go with the lower averaged time! 

You all are much faster then me, I'm still totally proud of myself! :)

Original Post by cati83:

You all are much faster then me, I'm still totally proud of myself! :)

As you should be.  There will always be someone faster and someone slower than you.  So do what you can and take pride in that.  Smile

Original Post by rloyear:

Why am I running?  Is someone chasing me with a chainsaw?

Because the icecream man is up the street.

I think my fastest time is around 10 mins, if I really really push myself. Once upon a time I was barely meeting the requirements for my high school gym class with a 12 min mile, so I'm happy with the 2 min improvement. 

Original Post by cati83:

I am a new runner so keep that in mind. I started a few weeks ago averaging between 11-12 minutes per mile, running 3 miles at a time typically. I also run outdoors and I personally feel that makes a difference. Treadmills are great and all but it is totally different. Now a few weeks in I am getting a little faster. I did my run today averaging 10:09 per mile. Nice little jump for me. My first mile was clocked at 9min 40 sec. But apparently I get slower the further I go with the lower averaged time! 

You all are much faster then me, I'm still totally proud of myself! :)

Yes, you should be proud. And, you are making good progress.

And yes, outdoors is  harder than treadmill in some ways. Indoors on a treadmill I use a 1.5% incline to reproduce the same speeds/efforts as on a road. The difference is bigger than that when you compare to a dirt trail. And, a very rough trail can take 30% more effort than a track at the same speed.

For longer runs though, the lack of airflow causes overheating on a treadmill, and you can end up with higher heart rates due to that.

wow.. i have a lot of work to do!

In H.S. I ran track and my personal best was a 4:47 but now I have no idea. Put on 20 lbs and run way less but I can still go 5 miles straight at a 7:30 pace. I'd guess somewhere in the mid to upper fives.

LMAO!  Oh yea!!  I can do a mile in about 20 minutes :)  Anyone slower than that???  Embarassed

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