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Old 10-30-2011, 08:24 AM
 
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We had a little competition at my work on Friday. 11 men, ranging in ages from early 20's to late 30's, ran in a mile race.

The winning time was 5:14. It was acheived by a 28 year old and a 33 year old who were within 0.2 seconds of each other.

The slowest time was 7:11 by the oldest in the group -- a 38 year old. My time, as the second oldest at 36, was 6:54.

Is there any standard for what someone should be able to run at my age? I'm wondering if I should feel good about my time. I didn't start running until my late 20's. I was too into video games in high school
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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We had a little competition at my work on Friday. 11 men, ranging in ages from early 20's to late 30's, ran in a mile race.

The winning time was 5:14. It was acheived by a 28 year old and a 33 year old who were within 0.2 seconds of each other.

The slowest time was 7:11 by the oldest in the group -- a 38 year old. My time, as the second oldest at 36, was 6:54.

Is there any standard for what someone should be able to run at my age? I'm wondering if I should feel good about my time. I didn't start running until my late 20's. I was too into video games in high school
I'm 56yo and can run a mile in less than 12 minutes, so to answer your question without any knowledge of a scientific study on the topic, it depends on the level of your conditioning more than your age.


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Old 10-30-2011, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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here you go--runners world age-grading calculator:
Age Grading Calculator (http://www.runnersworld.com/cda/agegradingcalculator/0,7977,s6-238-277-415-0,00.html - broken link)


There is no 1 mile selection, so choose 'other' and enter 1.0 mile distance. When I plugged in the 28-yr-old at 5:14, I got a 70% age graded rating. 38-yr @ 7:11 got 53%, 100% translates to 'world record level,' adjusted for your age.

I am 55 and don't know for sure my mile time but figure I could get to 5 minutes & change. I usually work up to 10X800 at 11.5 mph, about a 5:13 min/mile pace when trying to peak. But that's on a treadmill, which is easier if only because of the air-resistance factor. I plugged in 5:15 and got 84% age-graded time. It said I would need 4:25 to be world-record-level. There are a bunch of runners arround my age who are well ahead of me.

Here's an article from 2009 about a guy from my region, about the same age as me, who ran the mile in 4:37 when over age 50. Just something to take that 28-yr-old off his high-horse, lol.
Age Group Ace: David Cannon | Running Times Magazine
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:55 AM
 
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Anyone remember Dr. Kenneth Cooper? He had a 1.5 mile test. For men up to 29, the numbers were over 14:00 poor/ 12:00 fair/ 10:45 good/ 9:45 excellent. For men ages 30-39, 14:44/12:31/11:00/10:00 ages 40-49, 15:36/13:00/11:30/10:30, ages 50-59, 17:00/14:31/12:31/11:00. 60 and up, 19:00/16:16/14:00/11:15.
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Old 11-25-2011, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Anyone remember Dr. Kenneth Cooper? He had a 1.5 mile test. For men up to 29, the numbers were over 14:00 poor/ 12:00 fair/ 10:45 good/ 9:45 excellent. For men ages 30-39, 14:44/12:31/11:00/10:00 ages 40-49, 15:36/13:00/11:30/10:30, ages 50-59, 17:00/14:31/12:31/11:00. 60 and up, 19:00/16:16/14:00/11:15.
Ha, funny. Air Force standards are quite similar.
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:18 AM
 
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I'd drop out after the first 2 blocks of the race and not bother to even try to complete it. I don't run. I find nothing wrong with that. I've no interest or desire to run, I value my feet, knees, and spine too much to try. I don't even jog. My bones can't handle "high impact-style" movement. I can sprint a block if I had to run away from something, or had to run toward something. I can walk for a reasonable distance, and do walk as often as possible, but more as a means of transportation and to enjoy breathing fresh air rather than an exercise regime. I'm never paying attention to how long it's taking me to do it, unless I need to get somewhere by a certain time, for a certain reason.
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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We had a little competition at my work on Friday. 11 men, ranging in ages from early 20's to late 30's, ran in a mile race.

The winning time was 5:14. It was acheived by a 28 year old and a 33 year old who were within 0.2 seconds of each other.

The slowest time was 7:11 by the oldest in the group -- a 38 year old. My time, as the second oldest at 36, was 6:54.

Is there any standard for what someone should be able to run at my age? I'm wondering if I should feel good about my time. I didn't start running until my late 20's. I was too into video games in high school
As an avid runner and former h.s. and college track guy, I have trouble believing in the times you've posted.

Winning time of 5:14? LOL--that time would probably win almost any high school track meet, as well as a goodly percentage of NCAA ones. So, two regular dudes messing around on their lunch hour (in street clothes?) and attaining that pace is pretty far out. Possible, but not likely, bro.
7:11 the slowest? LOL again. I'd reckon that 90% of men between the ages of 19 and 40 could not run that. Oh, but one of the 10% just happens to be among your work group of super runners, eh?

Lastly, if you can run a sub-seven-minute mile at 36 you are doing fine and need no running advice. Of course, insofar as cardio conditioning is concerned, you are better off running, say, three or four miles at a slower pace, like maybe 9:00/mile every other day or so. Aeorobic conditioning is more dependent on maximizing the amount of time you can keep your heartrate up than it is on how fast you can run one mile.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: East Lansing, MI
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I have to agree. Here are the records for 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 year olds at the Carolinas Track and Field club - I'm willing to bet these guys were all college track athletes as well:

http://www.carolinastrackandfield.or...ordholders.pdf

I'm betting your 1 mile track was less than a mile....
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
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As an avid runner and former h.s. and college track guy, I have trouble believing in the times you've posted.

Winning time of 5:14? LOL--that time would probably win almost any high school track meet, as well as a goodly percentage of NCAA ones. So, two regular dudes messing around on their lunch hour (in street clothes?) and attaining that pace is pretty far out. Possible, but not likely, bro.
7:11 the slowest? LOL again. I'd reckon that 90% of men between the ages of 19 and 40 could not run that. Oh, but one of the 10% just happens to be among your work group of super runners, eh?

Lastly, if you can run a sub-seven-minute mile at 36 you are doing fine and need no running advice. Of course, insofar as cardio conditioning is concerned, you are better off running, say, three or four miles at a slower pace, like maybe 9:00/mile every other day or so. Aeorobic conditioning is more dependent on maximizing the amount of time you can keep your heartrate up than it is on how fast you can run one mile.
I ran 5:40 milw for a total of 11:44, two mile time. That's with little to no running, mainly weight lifting though.
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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I ran 5:40 milw for a total of 11:44, two mile time. That's with little to no running, mainly weight lifting though.
I'm very sceptical of this claim and the original poster's. A two mile time of 11:44 would mean you shoud be able to run a 5K under 18:30. The following results are from a district cross country meet in Western PA. WPIAL AAA BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

In this 5K boys' championship, 52 of the 345 runners ran under 18:30. These are the 345 runners who qualified for this district championship race from the largest high schools in southwestern PA.

You want more more reasons for my scepticism? Look at any of the 5K results listed on this site http://www.runhigh.com/RESULTSBYYR.html. The top finishers in any of these races are people who train seriously. This 5k BRENTWOOD FIRECRACKER 5K had 1549 finishers and 36 people ran under 18:30. Anyone who is breaking 18:30 for a 5K is running anywhere from 35 to 60 miles a week including intervals on the track. Weightlifting does very little if anything to help you run. With little or no running, very few people, regardless of age, can run a mile faster than 8 minutes.
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