Here’s a new challenge to consider: See how fast you can run a mile! The average running speed per mile in a 5K (5-kilometer or 3.1-mile race) is below. (If you do want to get faster, try this speed track workout.) This morning I ran 6 x 800 at 3:10 and started wondering how far-off I am. In the 1950s, the pursuit of the first sub-4 minute mile for men, and sub-5 minute mile for women, captivated the world. Work on your 1⁄4 and 1⁄2 mile (0.4 and 0.8 km). So, if you can run 1,000m in 3:32, you’re already in 6-minute shape! When you get to that 90-second 1⁄4 mile (0.4 km), start working on your 1/2. It is the fundamental unit of long distance in the English measurement system. “For an athlete to break 6 minutes in the mile, they would have to run an average of 1:29.5 per quarter mile,” McGee says. Age can influence how fast you run. I think I'm nearly fast-enough, and I was hoping for some advice for how to accomplish this. That's right-if you're running 10-minute miles and never cross the 5-mile mark, you're right in there with basically every other female runner in the country. Leafing through an old copy of Runner’s World, as I am wont to do on occasion, I came across a feature about Adharanand Finn’s attempt to run a 5-minute mile… There’s something magical about the mile. I'd love to be able to run a 6-minute mile. The first few repeats were easy, and the last few were hard but survivable. When you can do a half mile around 3 minutes, you'll be jazzed to see if you can keep the pace. Every man should aspire to run a 6-minute mile, or at least see how fast he can run this classic distance. In 2016, the average American woman using the Strava app ran 4.6 miles per workout with an average pace of 9:55 minutes per mile. M ain Workout for Pacing at first. For context, my 5k PR is 20:28 and my HM PR is 1:37:33. Most runners reach their fastest speed between the ages of 18 and 30. Instead of looking at the whole, break down the mile into parts; it's a lot more manageable to work on your skills in 90-second chunks. Once you get to a 7 minute mile, and that is easy, you can push to the next level: the 6 minute mile and maxing the USMC 3 mile run! Running hard for a mile requires speed, stamina, and grit.

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