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03-30-2010, 06:44 PM
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i started walking with a friend I told her it should take about 18 min to walk a mile she says 20 min. But then I heard 15 could someone help us with this.
also 5 K equals 3.1 miles am i correct on this one. My view stretch before walking and a warm up lap after and a cool down lap after wards which should not count toward the mile
any comments here. Would really like some advice on this
Thanks for helping out

03-30-2010, 06:52 PM
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3 mph = 20 minute mile
4 mph = 15 minute mile

So an 18 minute mile would be in there somewhere. That's fairly brisk for some people, so it really varies on your endurance and fitness.

03-30-2010, 07:10 PM
 Location: Eastern Washington 12,715 posts, read 40,934,857 times Reputation: 10295
I think 3 MPH is considered "standard" walking speed for an army, so it's probably an OK estimate for "average" or "normal" people.

There are a lot of Americans who would be challenged to keep moving for a mile, to cover it in 30, 40 or more minutes.

Of course the above are for more or less level terrain, nothing worse than a dirt road or jeep trail - if you get into sand, snow, mud the pace will slow.

FWIW I have heard that most people get very little conditioning out of *running* one mile, they finish in less than 10 minutes, it takes about 10 minutes to deplete chemically stored energy in the liver such that real conditioning can begin. So you are better off walking the mile than running it.

This may be more about fat burning than aerobic conditioning, I forget. But I tend to look at the # of minutes exercised beyond the first 10 as the figure of merit, by that I mean a 30 minute run, stair stepper or eliptical session is "twice" as good (20 net minutes) than a 20 minute one (10 net minutes)

03-30-2010, 07:28 PM
 Location: Memphis, Tn ~ U.S.A. 1,454 posts, read 3,763,957 times Reputation: 770
I walk 3 miles every morning in 40 minutes.....13 minutes & 20 seconds

03-30-2010, 07:38 PM
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When I used to walk on treadmills I would walk a mile in 15 minutes. That is a pretty standard walking speed.

03-30-2010, 08:36 PM
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 Originally Posted by ladyofnorth i started walking with a friend I told her it should take about 18 min to walk a mile she says 20 min. But then I heard 15 could someone help us with this. also 5 K equals 3.1 miles am i correct on this one. My view stretch before walking and a warm up lap after and a cool down lap after wards which should not count toward the mile any comments here. Would really like some advice on this Thanks for helping out
NO ONE should walk faster than is normally comfortable and they should ALWAYS wear the very best shoes they can afford that are NOT worn out to avoid foot,ankle, knee & hip injury.

People just don't get how important your shoes are when you walk on a paved surface to protect the whole body!

03-30-2010, 09:45 PM
 Location: Austin, Texas 2,756 posts, read 5,129,728 times Reputation: 4591
Cardio is all about time spent at THR!! Speed comes later.

03-30-2010, 10:38 PM
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 Originally Posted by JustJulia 3 mph = 20 minute mile 4 mph = 15 minute mile So an 18 minute mile would be in there somewhere. That's fairly brisk for some people, so it really varies on your endurance and fitness.
Sounds right.

I walk 2.2 miles and finish in 35 minutes.

It is a brisk pace and I have to remind myself to keep it brisk.

I saw an article in a magaine that was so screwed up ,it was a joke.
The photo showed an elderly gray haired couple in a picture that looked like they were on a stroll, yet the article mentioned how far the elderly should walk and at what pace.

I did the math, and it would be at a 6mph pace. ( I tossed the magazine in the trash )

03-30-2010, 10:43 PM
 Location: Lakeland, Florida 6,445 posts, read 11,418,721 times Reputation: 7177
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 Originally Posted by (901) I walk 3 miles every morning in 40 minutes.....13 minutes & 20 seconds
Now thats what I call a really brisk walk. Good for you.

03-30-2010, 10:50 PM
 Location: Lakeland, Florida 6,445 posts, read 11,418,721 times Reputation: 7177
I find that where I am walking has alot to do with how fast and how far I want to walk. I usually walk between 2 an 4 miles daily. Even with all the rain we get here in Oregon I walk. I put my hood up or like today with heavy rain I used an umbrella.

A walking/bike path that goes on uninterrupted for miles, on a paved surface is perfect for speed distance and endurance. One will notice their speed pick up when walking in that type setting.

A walk in a neighborhood or urban environment with lots of streets and traffic hinders the walkers ability to pick up speed.

All in all I agree with the other poster its the distance walked that is important vs the speed. Although a brisk walk of say 16 to 20 minutes per mile is best and even less time is even better.

I think I walk a mile in around 16 minutes sometimes 15 1/2 if on one of those nice trails I mentioned.

Just concentrate on some daily walks of a distance of your choice but at least 30 minutes will give you many benefits. Enjoy.
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