/ How fast is fast
Are you male or female? Age?
pretty good speed, if my calculations are correct that would be looking at a 40 min 10k which is very respectable
Agree with dale.
A good benchmark can be to get within 50% of the course record for any race. I think the world record for 10 miles on a flat road course is just under 45 mins, so you're not ridiculously far off that (assuming it's flat). Just set yourself the goal of going under 70 mins to start with.
That's an encouraging pace. If you can do this as a newbie and without competition you have potential for good 10k or half marathon times with structured training. Have you considered joining a running club?
Really? That's very quick, specially if it's hilly. When i was doing a lot of running (c37min 10k, 80min half, winning the occasional age group race) I could just about break 30 minutes for 5 miles in a flattish race (that's sub-6 minute milling). Training I'd rarely run much quicker than 7:30 pace. You should start racing.
I'd consider that a very good time. For a lot of local 10s you'd be in the top handful of places if you could do a sub-60 10. I can think of maybe 2 or 3 runners from our club of 100+ who could manage it.
And a woolly hat, for those of us without much hair.
One thing I'd add - don't skimp on price when it comes to buying running shoes. The wrong sort will lead to knee and other injuries, that's what happened to me in my mid 40's and I had to give up running. Be prepared to fork out for good shoes and get advice from a sports shoe fitter who whows what they are doing.
I have the GPS watch.. trainers £45 - £70 depending on sales, shorts £15 tops £10-25 depending on weather..
generally its only the trail running and ultra running which is now huge high fashion..
I'm starting to think it must be illegal to run an ultra without compression wear...
> generally its only the trail running and ultra running which is now huge high fashion..
> I'm starting to think it must be illegal to run an ultra without compression wear...
We had a chuckle when the Coniston tri had the run leg over Wetherlam and the Old Man - visions of triathletes stumbling the clag around in compression socks and sunglasses...
Are you looking for a biscuit!? My shoes cost £100 because i buy them from shops not the internet. My tights or shorts cost £20, my tshirts are all free if you ignore i paid a fee to race to get it. My socks are pennies but I do have a £250 gps watch.
Am I less worthy?
Your pace imo is good overall but about average off the back of 1000 miles of running for a 30 year old male. If you structure your training you should be able to get it down further.
I'll take the possibly unpopular view of "Does it really matter?"
In the past I did get focused on times and pace, and I ended up with all sorts of niggling injuries, general fatigue, seriously knackered achilles' and a dread of putting on my trainers in case I was a few seconds too slow halfway round a run.
I now leave the watch at home, and feel a lot better for it.
You did make a comment on the costs. I considered the comments a bit sneery although granted that could at most be implied. You said you've run twice a week at 10 miles a go, which is 1000 miles this year.
I gave you my opinion on your current pace and gave advice on getting it down, if you wanted to. As you asked.
i haven't been running 20 miles aweek since i started.I built up to that. i started running only 2 miles and uped the distance by 0.5 of a mile every 2 weeeks.which would work out at about 500-600 miles.
Go have a jog at one of these and see how you compare with others. Racing may not be for everyone but it helps with training to have a goal and something to build towards as otherwise motivation will eventually dwindle.
70 minutes for 10 miles is good training pace, definately could be increased with some speed work and structured training.
As for expensive gear, I get laughed at for turning up at my club in girls hoodies, baggy shorts, random stripy socks and with a 6 euro wristw*tch. I'm still the quickest one there ;) Do invest in a top quality headband though, they make you faster.
Based on 10k on road which is a reasonably standard distance:
For a male runner no age adjustment
sub 60mins - entry level, just above jogging
sub 50mins - average runner
sub 40mins - reasonably keen runner
sub 36mins - decent club level approaching top 10 in many races
30-35mins - serious, would be winning things
sub 30 - top level of amateur
Probably far too basic but hopefully a pointer
I always used to think that 6 min miles was the difference between "runners" and "joggers" - i'd be somewhere between the 2 generally.
My daughter did a 7:40 mile a couple of months ago - she's 9. To say that I was proud doesn't cover it. First out of 81 by at least 10 seconds.
For reasonable runners I reckon 1h plus age is a respectable 1/2 marathon time.
Think about what you want to achieve. If you just enjoy doing 10 mile runs then carry on but if you want to run them faster you need to do vary your training with a lot of shorter runs and ideally reps, ie. some structure to your training.
For someone with no running background, 7:30 miles over 10 miles is very good, you've got potential.
last time I did the GNR it was 1 hr 24...... today I guess 2 hrs. Whatever, so long as its not pain...
Are you 36 years older? ;)
When I was 34 I did 1h 34, last year at 44years old I did 1h 43. Helps me think I'm doing OK.
No, 15 years and 2 kids older. I love them loads but running is not always top of the agenda.......
As long as I'm not in pain - very true.
Inbetween my 1.34 and 1.43 I had spinal surgery and spent 6 months unable to walk to the front door.
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