Minutes per mile change

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02/12/2010 at 19:20
Evening all I have not posted for sometime as I have beer nursing a number of injuries over the last 6 months and I am gradually getting back in to it.
I have a question regarding pace and how it improves over time. I am wondering what was your average mins per mile when you first started and what it is now and of course how long it has taken u to get there ?
02/12/2010 at 21:19

This will be sooo slow and lame compared to most I know but I'll be honest (don't laff at me lol)

When I first started running (around 17 months ago and significantly heavier than I am now): No point in timing since I could only managed a minute or so actually "running"...

 a few months and several pounds later... 11th April, worked up to my first 5 and a half miles at a pace of 10:48.5/mile (although longer runs since this date have shown a much slower average than that - my first half marathon averaged at 11:28.)

fast forward a few months and less some more pounds...

on an average 8 mile run I am now at 8:07.3/mile

My pb on shorter runs so far has been 7:20 and that was on a 2 mile run

Still mega slow I know but when you compare the change since I started running (properly) something to be pleased with I think! 

Seriously, you can stopping laughing at my snail-like skills now lol...

Edited: 02/12/2010 at 21:20
02/12/2010 at 21:21
I have been running for about 15 months.  I can't say for sure but my pace was around 8.30m/m when I started and is about 7.20m/m average pace now.  Tempo runs are at about 6.30m/m which I'm finding increasingly comfortable.
Edited: 02/12/2010 at 21:23
03/12/2010 at 06:25

GemmysB I'm not laughing you are a hell of a lot faster than me - not even going to post my times - snails and tortoises run faster than I do. I came back after major abdominal surgery in April and I'm about 3.30 m/m faster now than I was then and still improving.

Rob a very interesting question and I shall be interested to see what people say.

03/12/2010 at 06:55
I think it's an interesting point especially when you compare what people think is slow lol. I am only just getting back in to it and my pace was over 11 min miles and i can see it's gradually falling with out even trying. I really do not want to rush things as I am just building a base but 8 min miles appear impossible at the moment.
03/12/2010 at 08:17

2007 GNR 1 hr 58 mins = 9.00 min miles

2010 Bridlington Half Marathon (tough course) 1hr 36 = 7:19 min miles

2010 Hull Park run 5k  20min 32 seconds = 6:36 min miles

03/12/2010 at 08:20

I'm really surprised actually - the races I've entered in always make me a little insecure when you realise you came in the last 20% of all the runners for example. Some of the really atheletic looking types can be quite intimidating but I have to remind myself I'm running against myself and no one esle if that makes sense.

8 Min miles seemed way out of my grasp at one point too and I'm so stunned/delighted that I can actually maintain close to that pace now.

I'm not sure of the figures but I've heard that for each pound in weight you loose you get faster and I've lost a few so that's perhaps a contributing factor.

k - to be out there and running after surgery like that is an achievement in itself regardless of how fast or slow you are doing it so super well done.

Rob, seriously, if I can do it anyone can - I think it's a time served thing cos I'm not exactly folowing any hardcore training prog or anything.

The difference between running and jogging is a state of mind, not a speed!

Edited: 03/12/2010 at 08:22
03/12/2010 at 08:21
wow, well done with Bridlington Brad - that is an awesome time / pace for a half!
03/12/2010 at 13:59

I started in April this year and did 3 mile at about 10min mile

after 7-8 weeks i was running at 8.30 min miles on my 4-5 mile runs training for my first 10k race and some how ran it in 8.01 min mile after that my training was geting better and was running 7.45mn mile for my 8 mile runs and in my next race ran 7.01 min mile a full min faster in just 8 or 9 week

my next run was birmingham half marathon and finished in 1h 37 so thats about 7.25min miles now training for next year and my pace is still going up faster and faster i usualy do about 1.5 to 2.5 hours a day 5 days a week running and gym work hope i can do a sub 40min 10k next year

03/12/2010 at 14:18
What is a 'good' pace?
03/12/2010 at 14:35
Morgan5 wrote (see)
What is a 'good' pace?

The pace at which an individual can run for any given distance after solid, sensible training?

I hope more people post on this thread, as it's quite interesting. Come speedy guys, show us what you got (and what you had).

I'm not sure if my general aerobic pace has increased but I do know I can run alot further at the same pace.

03/12/2010 at 15:29
If you train properly, and you're willing to only do only 2 or 3 very long runs every week, you can go from 11 min miles to 7 minute miles on 25+ mile runs within 8 months.  That's a huge, huge improvement.  Takes some dedication hough, obviously.
03/12/2010 at 15:34

Started running @ 8.00 - 8.15min/mile pace 2 years ago and still run 8.00-8.15 min/mile pace. But 10km time has gone from 41 - 36mins. The easy pace remains the same, the only thing that changed was the mileage going from 30-60 per week and the paces during the effort sessions (track/tempo runs etc) has increased.

03/12/2010 at 15:37
I run on an average 8min/mile pace.  Is that a poor pace?
03/12/2010 at 15:51
Morgan5 wrote (see)
I run on an average 8min/mile pace.  Is that a poor pace?
No, of course not. Do you run all your miles at the same pace or do you vary your training runs and paces?
03/12/2010 at 18:41

Brussels 20K race

2007 1h36 = 7:45m/m
2008 rehab from achilles op
2009 1h41 = 8:01 m/m (v. hot and poor training leading up to the event)
2010 1h24 = 6:42m/m

To give an indication of what kind of training effort went in to gaining those improvements, total training mileage for each year:

2007 - 533m
2008 - 298m
2009 - 1,095m
2010 - 1,905m so far

Another point of comparison, my first marathon in Oct 07 was in 3h39 and my last marathon in Oct 2010 was in 2h58.

Just to complete the picture, my training paces (with a bit of leeway up and down of course):

Intervals 5:45 m/m
Tempo runs 6:25 m/m
Long runs 7:30 m/m
Recovery runs 8:30 m/m

Edited: 03/12/2010 at 18:45
03/12/2010 at 19:45
All very interesting keep them coming
03/12/2010 at 20:45
I only started running at the end of August and started at around 11min/mile pace, Now I average arounf 8.30min/mile pace on 6mile runs. I do run slightly faster when I am doing intervals and  slower on recovery. But in 13 weeks i'm happy that my pace is improved as is my stamina to run longer distances. I run with others within a club and I tend not to wear my Garmin now on training nights - but instead run with someone who I know runs at a faster pace to encourage me to up my pace a bit. I only now wear my watch when doing my weekend long run. 
04/12/2010 at 21:05
I've been really bad at varying my training. I think I need to introduce more (by more, I mean some) tempo runs. I've been running for a while but it's only been over the past few months that I have been using apps for the iPhone to record my runs. I can't wait to tell u all about my faster paces! I'm hoping to join a running club to get some support and better training. Just waiting to become confident enough.
04/12/2010 at 21:24
GemmsyB wrote (see)

I'm really surprised actually - the races I've entered in always make me a little insecure when you realise you came in the last 20% of all the runners for example. Some of the really atheletic looking types can be quite intimidating but I have to remind myself I'm running against myself and no one esle if that makes sense.

You are right GemmsyB, run you own race to your own goals and don't get put off by other people.

Rob - I remember seeing a significant improvement in my running when I went from running 3 times a week to 4 times a week. Getting an “extra” 5/6 mile run a wee started to make a difference, albeit small. And sometimes that's the way to approach it, taking small chunks off your minute mile pace and building it up.The kay is building up an endurance, but this can be at a relaxed pace. Then introduce some speed work once a week. Hopefully you will notice a difference aftera while.

Mogan5 - Like Blisters and Beer says, you need a mix of pace to your running. You can't run all your runs at the same pace. You need highs and lows.

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