How fast do you run?

A question on the beginners forum prompted me to wonder what sort of average pace do people run at.

I reckon my normal running speed is currently about 8 - 8:30 min/mile


  • I managed 9 miles at a smidge over 7min/mile pace this week........pretty knackered afterwards though.
  • 10:30 per mile at the windsor 1/2 last week-i've still got a stone to lose,mind.
  • It all depends on the size of her husband!

  • Generally 9-9.30 min/mile.

    And I have about two stones to lose!
  • Usually around 8:00-8:30/ mile for 10km or less, 7:20-7:50 for 10 miles / half marathon and 10:00 for a Marathon (although recent race (except Windsor half!) & training performances following several months of greatly increased training suggest that my Marathon pace will be significantly faster than that when I run my next Marathon in three weeks time)
  • Brunswick
    Are you really faster at 1/2 marathon than 5k?
  • 8.30/mile shorter race pace. Not really sure about the 'long run' pace, perhaps 9-10/mile.
  • I don't run 5km races, the shortest I would do is 10km and I am actually slower than a run of 10 miles. I find it very difficult to set off at a fast pace right from the start. I need at least 3-4 miles to get comfortable and start running well. From then on I'm faster but it's too late. If it's a half marathon I have 9 good miles, if it's a 10km I only have 2 and that's not enough to make up the deficit and consequently the average mile time ends up slower.
    I am not sure why this is, maybe I am just more naturally suited to longer distances or maybe there's a psychologiocal aspect in that I know I'm no good a short, fast races which translates to a poor performance but whatever it is, I don't mind as the Marathon is my favourite distance anyway.
    I view 10km races purely as a training exercise and concentrate my serious racing efforts at the longer distances.
  • how fast do I run ? not as fast as I'd like to (and also have a stone to lose)
  • Brunswick
    Makes sense to me, at school my 100m time was only a couple of seconds faster than my 200m - both of which were pretty slow, which is why I did longer 1500m & x-country runs.
  • GavoGavo ✭✭✭
    Anything from 7 min to 9.30 min for a mile dependign upon distance, weather, type of surface and what I've done the night before.
  • Nick, that is probably why my pb's from 5k to 10 miles were once achieved in the one race- a half-marathon.
  • drewdrew ✭✭✭
    Nick, depends on what sort of training I'm doing so the speed varies from about 4:45 pace for my short reps up to about 7:00 pace for my long runs. Recovery runs can be anything up to about 7:45 pace
  • ditto drew
    Speed sessions: 400m reps at ~ 5:00 pace
    800 reps at ~ 5:20 - 5:30

    long intervals: miles at ~5:50-5:55
    2 miles at 5:55 - 6:00

    tempo runs at ~ 6:10
    steady runs at ~6:30
    easy runs at 6:40-6:50
    recovery runs at 7:80 - 8:00
  • DustinDustin ✭✭✭
    Speed work anything from 5.45-6.30 mile pace
    10k around 6.45
    10mile-halfM (and tempo) 6.50-7.10
    long runs 7.30-7.45
    recoveries 8.00-9.00
  • Oh here goes, this will boost all your egos and give heart to the slower of us out there!
    Speed sessions I run at 8minM; 5K-9min and 10k between 9.30 and 10m depending on the course.

    Think I'd better rename myself The snail.
  • I am Mr Average, 8 to 9 minute miles in training. My best half marathon was 7 1/2 minute miles. 10k at around 7 1/4 min miles. My one outstanding run (for me) was a 5 miler in 6 3/4 min miles, it was in Lambourn and spooked horse reared up in front of me and i ran for my life!!
  • like the majority, anywhere between 6:45 to 7:45 depending on course.just done the horsforth 10k in 43:15, hoping it was a good result?
  • Like everyone else it depends on distance/course and kind of session. Normally anywhere between 6.00 to 8.30.
  • I'm fairly new to running[three months]did just over 10mins/mile,yesterday but this was nearly twice my usual distance.
  • oiyouoiyou ✭✭✭
    I've been logging my runs (including training) using an excel spreadsheet that gives a monthly summary. Since January my average pace has improved from 9:52min/mile to 8:32. Should break a world record by 2006 at this rate
  • Not as fats as I would like.

    It takes me at least 2 miles to get going, and the fastest I've done is 7.10. Usual is around 8.00 but when feeling crap, aorund 9.00.

    I'm now faster that I was before my injury and si Iwon't mention it again.
    Going for a joyous run on Sunday. Sooo looking forward to it.
  • Excel spreadsheet???
    Think id be too embarrassed to write it down, lucky if i manage 12 minute miles
  • oiyouoiyou ✭✭✭
    Keeping some sort of log is important to me. Everybody runs hard during a race, but some people just happpen to run faster. Keeping a record allows you to see that sometimes it's you that runs faster. Progress is the motivation.
  • I like that!

    "Progress is the motivation"
  • oiyouoiyou ✭✭✭
    Boorara, Western Australian Shiraz 14%- works every time
  • Good lad
  • oiyouoiyou ✭✭✭
    blimey - it's been a while since I was called lad
  • H'mm I gotta work on getting faster. In races up to 10miles I usually manage 9-9.20m/m. Further than 10miles I seem to slow down massively judging from my performance at Windsor. I need to find another half to restore my confidence.
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