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Buh-Bye, Gym! Tips For Transitioning From the Treadmill to the Road
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What Is Your Typical Running Pace?

You're out for a typical run — a fun run, not a tempo run or speed work. You're pushing yourself a bit maybe, but not much. How fast do you usually run?

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redgoblin redgoblin 6 years 4 weeks
Intervals and tempo runs are the way to get faster. In order to get faster, you have to train your legs to run faster! I am aiming for running under 7 min miles in a 5K this year, which would be a first for me!
inlove23 inlove23 6 years 13 weeks
To caroline you are crazy fast! I couldn't imagine running a mile in less than seven mins. To the height issue: I'm 5'4, and I agree with you threadsugar I feel like my legs just never carry me anywhere. sighh.. even when I was at my peak the lowest I got was like 8:30 - 9:00. I'm at 10-10:30 right now most likely (I haven't timed myself in a while).
carolinecompetes carolinecompetes 6 years 23 weeks
I generally run an 8 minute mile. On a recent 18 mile LSD run I kept an 8:26 pace. For 10K's I can generally hold 6:45-7:00 speeds. 5'2 here. :) I think it's because I am young.
LouLou12 LouLou12 6 years 23 weeks
I'm 5'2 and I began running at a 4.0 on the treadmill, I have no idea what that translates to minute wise, but it's pretty darn slow. Now I run about a 9.30 minute mile, so my advice is INTERVALS, I do them all the time now, and when I just run a steady pace for a distance, I can go so much faster. It really makes it so much easier. What I do is 2 minutes at 5.5 and 1 at 8.0 then 2 at 5.5 then 1 at 7.9 etc. Hope this helos!
kcmosinki kcmosinki 6 years 24 weeks
wow, I'm so encouraged right now. I took a break from running because I inexplicably got obsessed with spinning but I wanna get back to it and was discouraged by my diminished speed. I will keep at it and build back up again.
syako syako 6 years 24 weeks
Contrats Running! I didn't realize you had already done the Ironman. Could you send me the link to your blog again? I want to read all about it. :)
runningesq runningesq 6 years 24 weeks
to all the new and newish runners here: run for YOU! heck, this applies to everyone, I think... I'm interested in knowing where I place in my AG (age group) in certain races, but if I ran to win, I'd never run. I did my first Ironman last week (and yes, I'm still bragging about it ;)) ... it was a goal of mine to just DO it, and the fact that the winner did it in just over 8 hours does not diminish by 14h 12 min finish :) Don't worry about achieving x:xx pace -- keep running, build up that base slowly to avoid injury, find races and distances that interest you, and go for it ! thread - 3 mi is 3 mi more than many people can run ! keep at it, girlie :)
threadhunter threadhunter 6 years 24 weeks
loving all of the posts on here today about height vs speed. i don't think i'll ever be 'elite fast' but you never know, i just want to run alongside my 6' husband and not on just a treadmill :) i'll get there eventually. right now i'm just thrilled to be able to run 3 miles...
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 6 years 24 weeks
PS. There are All-American XC and track runners I know who are under 5'4...the best Steeple chaser I knew was 5'1.75" (she liked to add the .75). And she went to NCAA Track she was very fast. Just 'cause your short doesn't mean you can't go fast. However, genetics plays a part in how fast you can ever build up to. No matter how hard I train I'll never run a 15:30 5k. I best I managed was 17:46, fast, but not Elite athlete fast. (I'm 5'7", if you're wondering, but have been beat plenty of time by much short runners) My philosophy though is if you're just starting out speed will come, and each person has his or her own "fastest" and shouldn't be comparing yourself to others, focus on self improvement!
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 6 years 24 weeks
You didn't have a 730 pick! I picked 7min, but normally it's closer to 730/45 when I'm out for an easy run...when doing a recovery run(day after a hard run or race) I'll go 8-830...also I'll go that pace is I'm sick.
Food Food 6 years 24 weeks
Thanks for the tips! I am a relatively new runner, so it's good to know that speed will come as part of the improvement process! :-)
syako syako 6 years 24 weeks
I'm also 5'1. It just takes time and dedication to increase your speed, imo.
ayabeachgirl ayabeachgirl 6 years 24 weeks
Now i can do 9:30 - 10:00/mile for about 45 min, but it took me a while to get there. threadhunter, I'm also 5'2, and I look at a guy next to me, 6ft tall, coasting at 8:00/mile. I mean, his legs were almost twice as long...
runningesq runningesq 6 years 24 weeks
sorry, threadhunter! -- I'm 5'1 and I can hold an 8:10 pace for a half marathon and an 8:40 pace for a marathon. to run faster work on RUNNING MORE. I've been a distance runner for 5 years my marathon PR went from 4:45 to 3:50 with little to no speedwork. if you've only been running for a couple months work on safely building a base. don't worry about the speed right now!!
threadhunter threadhunter 6 years 24 weeks
i think b/c i'm only 5'2, i can't run that fast. it feels like my legs can't keep up at a pace faster than 10:30 minute miles. how tall are you ladies who are running at 8:30-9:30? am i using my vertical deficiency as an excuse? should i be able to run faster? ps - i just started running in september.
syako syako 6 years 24 weeks
Between 9:30 and 9. But I selected 9:30 on the poll, because I haven't been running much lately, so I'm probably pretty slow. It's just that I have this beautiful shiny new bike that always wants to be ridden. ;)
lydialee_home lydialee_home 6 years 24 weeks
9:00 for me - I can keep that for 8-10 miles. I need to slow down to 9:30 if I am running longer than 10 miles.
runningesq runningesq 6 years 24 weeks
8:30s when I'm pushing myself, but not temp. Yum, I've found the best way to get faster is to just run more ! Wow, SK - you are a speedersons !
Food Food 6 years 24 weeks
I would love to know how to improve my running pace!