Pace Time Slowly Improving

Three early mornings, and three one mile runs, have seen my average speed increase, while my pace time over the distance has begun to decrease (which is good).

My last entry regards running, I declared that I was going to concentrate on achieving a ten minute mile, to help bring about improvements and to solidify my aims of being consistent.

For someone who hated running as a youngster, and has never run for 35 years, I’m incredibly pleased at my progress. Yes, I’m slow, but the gains are noticeable over time.

I’d love to be able to run an eight minute mile, but I have to be realistic with my aim. I’m no longer a spring chicken. I’m 50 years old, and although I feel 18 in my head, my body constantly says no.

I strongly believe if I persist, I will crack the ten minute mile, and more than likely improve upon it. I’m in no rush. I’m not running to compete. I’m quite simply, doing this for me.

  • No conclusive evidence exists on “average” one mile run times, because there is no scientifically agreed-upon average runner.
  • Opinion varies widely, but most anecdotal evidence places the average between seven and ten minutes per mile for a non-competitive, in-shape runner.
  • The answer for each person differs based on a number of factors, including the runner’s age, gender and fitness level, as well as what distance and pace he/she is trying to accomplish.

My latest observation:

  • Distance: 1.096 mile
  • Average Speed: 5.30 mph
  • Max Speed: 6.10 mph
  • Heart Rate: 181 bpm
  • Pace: 11.19 min/mile