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September 12, 2012 6:37 AM
Is this on the slow side? I dont know how to get faster and even this was tough for me to finish has to stop like once or twice
September 12, 2012 6:39 AM
No, it's not too slow. You're faster than me LOL. That's a 10 minute mile. Not fast, but not slow either. Perfectly respectable. If you want to get faster, just keep running. Gradually increase your distance. The speed will come. If you look at my profile, you can see my race results and my speed increasing. I'm not doing anything specific to work on speed. Just more running and am now training for a 10K.
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September 12, 2012 6:44 AM
Well your faster than me I do 14 minutes a mile, so I think your doing great! Try going further than faster.
Used to do 1 mile thought I was going to drop I go a little further each time just past 8 mile mark.
September 12, 2012 6:51 AM
I don't think that's slow. Depending on the hills or incline I do anywhere from 11.30 - 12 min mile.
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September 12, 2012 6:54 AM
If you find yourself having to take walking breaks you should actually try to run slower.

I'm going to guess that you're relatively new to running. Your initial goal should be endurance, speed will follow in its own time. (BTW - I've been running for about 5 years now and most of my training runs are at 10 min miles or slower)
September 12, 2012 6:56 AM
Not slow at all. There are a couple of ways to improve. I am doing them right now since I am getting back into physical shape and running due to an collision. One: is interval training. If you are running a track, sprint the long ways and walk the short turns. Another is sprint 15-30 sec and walk one min. What I also like to do is run hills and ensure you are getting rest. You will build up to it.
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September 12, 2012 6:59 AM
Its an excellent pace if it is a pace where you could occasionally have a conversation if a running buddy was besides you. If not, I would slow down a bit. What's a good pace for me or anyone else on this forum does not mean it would be good for you.
September 12, 2012 7:09 AM
Thanks all for your replies. Yes I do have to stop... so maybe I should slow down seeing as it would hurt my form probably as well.
September 12, 2012 9:26 AM
Lots of good advice given here already, so I'll merely add that "fast" and "slow" are relative terms that you should ONLY compare to your own performance. As with every doggone opinion offered here on MFP forums, you will see every possible response, as people give opinions based on their own performance or experience.

The fact that you are running regularly is far more important than what your speed is. Myself, I do enjoy the challenge of trying to increase my speed, so I do understand that desire...but just keep in mind that you're already speeding toward better fitness with every run! :)

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September 12, 2012 9:29 AM
I have always been a mid to back of packer. Whatever, sometimes there is a good view there! ;o)

However, i have NEVER had another runner mock me or downplay my efforts. I have had frontrunners run by on their way back thru a looped course and give ME encouraging words. My 10mm may not be setting landspeed records, but I lap EVERYONE on the couch.
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September 12, 2012 9:34 AM
That sounds pretty good to me! I ran only 2 miles this morning in about 27 minutes. Great job. If you're having to stop and walk some I would slow it down a little and go for distance instead of speed.
September 12, 2012 12:13 PM
Yeah my manager was the one that actually made fun of the fact that one day I ran 2.5 mils in 30 minutes...but whatever you all are right I am lapping the couch potatoes!!
September 12, 2012 12:25 PM
Your manager is not wise. Keep at it. mph is relative. Not knowing how long you have been running or your base, it is very possible you can improve. Howeevr, it not how far or fast you go, it is how far you have came. Stay healthy
September 12, 2012 12:59 PM
Slow down and build up your endurance. Indeed, the speed will follow later.
September 12, 2012 1:02 PM
2.5 miles is more than I can do. Who cares about the time as long as you are working at it. If you are sweating, breathing, and your heart is working at a good pace then GREAT JOB.
September 14, 2012 5:24 AM
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2.5 miles is more than I can do. Who cares about the time as long as you are working at it. If you are sweating, breathing, and your heart is working at a good pace then GREAT JOB.


Awesome! thanks for the encouragement because I keep trying to run 2.5 miles in 25 minutes without stopping and I stopped like 3 times for a few seconds...and I heard it is bad to do that
September 14, 2012 6:06 AM
People spend a year of more to get their first sub-30 5K. You're doing fine. As others have said, speed is all relative. Your pace is quite slow next to mine, but I've been working hard on this for almost 2 years, and still mine is pretty slow next to a lot of other people. It may sound unintuitive, but one way to speed up is to slow down. Run at a pace you can maintain longer, and then increase your distance over time. You'll find that you can maintain a faster pace on shorter distances when you've built up endurance on long distances.
September 14, 2012 6:17 AM
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2.5 miles is more than I can do. Who cares about the time as long as you are working at it. If you are sweating, breathing, and your heart is working at a good pace then GREAT JOB.


Awesome! thanks for the encouragement because I keep trying to run 2.5 miles in 25 minutes without stopping and I stopped like 3 times for a few seconds...and I heard it is bad to do that


Nothing wrong with stopping to take a little break. Your heart rate is still up (probably too high, hence your need to take a break), so you are getting the benefit. To remove the need to take that break, try to do the entire run just a little slower.
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September 14, 2012 6:19 AM
"Fast" is relative to your weight and training level.
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September 14, 2012 6:22 AM
I think you're doing great for starting out! I agree with a lot of the comments--keep your speed slow and try to increase your distance. If you have to take breaks, then that's fine. You'll gradually increase your ability to keep running for longer. Also, intervals are great for increasing speed. I dropped my 5k time from 25:10 to 23:17 in 4 months by adding speed work. Best of luck to you!
September 14, 2012 6:23 AM
it may be slow for some-fast for others. Have you looked into Couch2 5K? Its an excellent program for beginner runners.
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September 14, 2012 6:38 AM
if you are training for an olympic 5,000 metres race, it something you might want to be concerned about...but if you are running for the pure joy of running and developing as a runner, then it is a wonderful pace and one that a lot of runners would love to run at consistently. focus on distance & endurance and you can only get ' faster'.
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September 14, 2012 6:41 AM
You're doing great. I agree with the others that say work on distance/endurance over speed.
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September 14, 2012 7:12 AM
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2.5 miles in 25 minutes

That's pretty good time. Just about exactly what I train at. What's your heart rate during these runs? Just curious since I'm training at a 10 min. mile pace and hitting around 160 - 170 depending on the incline. I did 3 miles a couple times the previous week at this pace and it seems to be a good compromise between speed and my ability to keep running.
September 14, 2012 7:14 AM
That is a 10 minute mile, not slow at all -- compared to Olympic runners, yeah, but not compared to the typical person. Just keep plugging at it! You are doing great!
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