A noncompetitive, moderately fit runner typically completes one mile in around 9 to 10 minutes. If you're new to jogging, you might be able to run one mile in 12 to 15 minutes as your endurance improves. Elite marathon runners run a mile in 4 to 5 minutes. To estimate how long it will take you to run a mile, use this formula: 0.62 times your age + 500 = total time in minutes.
So, if you are 30 years old, use this formula: 0.62 times 30 = 18 minutes per mile. So, it will take you about 19 minutes and 48 seconds to run a mile. A mile and a half is almost exactly two miles so, all things being equal, an elite runner could run it in around 20 minutes and not even break a sweat!
The average time to run a mile is 4 minutes and 29 seconds. It takes longer to run a mile as you get older because muscle mass decreases as you age. Also, men tend to be faster than women at first but after age 40, women become more efficient runners. The average time to run a mile and a half is 8 minutes and 56 seconds.
There are different methods of estimating distance covered in exercise. One method is to use the number of feet covered while another is to use the number of yards covered.
Elite marathon runners average a mile in around 4 to 5 minutes. The current world record for one mile is 3:43.13, set by Hicham El Guerrouj of Morocco in 1999. Age can influence how fast you run. At age 40, your maximum running speed decreases by about 2% for every year you increase in age. By age 50, this speed drops another 10%. After age 50, your running speed will continue to decrease at a rate of about 2% per year.
The average marathon requires between four and five hours to complete. To put this into context, a man who runs two miles each hour will cover a distance of about 26 miles during this time. To cover the same distance in four hours would require an average running speed of about three miles per hour. This means that you could physically run all day and night without any need for rest but only be able to cover a quarter of a marathon each hour.
A perfect world would see us all running as fast as we possibly can without injury or fatigue. However, with human nature being what it is, some people will always try to beat the system. Some elite marathon runners use drugs, food, and special equipment to achieve their goals.
In 1969, American Frank Shorter won the first of his two consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon.
A normal endurance run for someone aiming for a race pace of 7:00 to 7:03 minutes per mile at the marathon distance would be between 7:30 and 8:30 minutes per mile for most individuals. You are already in that band if you are presently running 10+ mile runs at 8:15 per mile. To put this in context, the current men's world record is 2:11:23 by Kenya's Abel Mutai in 2003. The first woman ever to break the two-hour mark was Joan Benoit with a time of 2:43:44 at the 1986 New York City Marathon. Since then, many other women have broken this barrier into sub-two hours.
In terms of average times, there have been several recent attempts to beat 2:18. The current men's course record is 1:59:58 set by Dennis Kimetto in 2014. The women's course record is 2:15:26 set in 1989 by Catherine Ndereba.
The longest track and field event is the marathon, which measures 26 miles (42 kilometers) from start to finish. The shortest is the 5K race, which is only 3.1 miles (5 km). Some track and field events are held over distances ranging from 100 yards (91 meters) to a mile (1.6 kilometers). Other events have been modified over time to make them more difficult or interesting.
Because most runners are unable to sustain their one-mile pace when running ten miles, we cushion the average speed by 10:29 per mile. As a result, the average runner will complete 10 miles in 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 50 minutes. This assumes an even distribution of speeds throughout the race and that no one racer is faster or slower than another.
The best way to predict how long it will take you to run a certain distance is to divide the distance by your current mile time and multiply it by the number of miles in a mile group. So if you're currently running 12 miles per day and want to know how long it will take you to run 20 miles, just divide 20 by your current daily mileage ratio and you'll get about an estimated finishing time.
For example, if you run 12 miles right now you could estimate that it would take you about two hours to run 20 miles. The reason this works is because one mile group contains about 5,000 feet of uphill and downhill terrain and because you can't go any faster than your current mile time. If you were able to run 20 miles without stopping you would need to increase your current mile time by at least 15 minutes which isn't realistic for most people.
So using our previous example, if you were able to run all your miles in under an hour you could probably finish the race in under two hours.
This speed will be closer to 9 minutes per mile (5.6 minutes/km) for most people who have some skill and have trained correctly, or around a 4-hour marathon pace. Some folks will be faster than others. A good km time means that you can run a half-marathon without stopping.
In other words, if you could run all the way across town without stopping to pee or eat anything other than water, you could probably finish the race in less than 90 minutes.
A good km time is better than your personal best, which is how fast you can run 100 meters (0.1 miles), because that's not enough exercise to improve your overall fitness.
However, it may not be as fast as your current personal record (which is the fastest time you've ever ran), because during training you'll usually improve your personal best time as well as your km time.
Of course, there are also races where individuals can beat their own records, so if you want to find out what your km time should be, we need to know how far you can run before you need to pee. The answer to this question is called your distance in kilometers (or miles).
For example, if you do a 30-minute 5K (3.1 miles), you should anticipate to run one hard mile in roughly 9 minutes, or 30 to 45 seconds quicker than your 5K pace, according to sub-4-minute runner and coach Brandon Hudgins. "But that's a broad generalization," 1500-meter runner Hudgins tells LIVESTRONG.com. "Some people will finish faster than that, and some slower."
The number of minutes you spend running each mile depends on how fast you go. If you're just getting started with distance running, start slow and build up speed over time. Most adults should be able to complete a 5K in about 20 minutes without suffering from health problems. Youngsters and older individuals may be able to cover the distance in less time but should still allow for enough time to play around with their phones or eat something before they cross the line.
If you can run a mile in under 10 minutes, then you've got a good chance at winning any race against ordinary runners. In fact, according to research published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, athletes who can run a mile in less than 7 minutes have an 80 percent better chance of becoming professional runners than those who can't run it quickly enough.
The best way to improve your mile time is by running more miles per week with efforts that increase your heart rate gradually.