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ValGal0823 Amateur 10 posts since
Mar 31, 2011
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Jul 18, 2011 8:35 AM

What pace should I try to maintain while running 10-13miles?

Hey guys, the title of my thread gives away my question. What's a comfortable pace I should try to maintain while running 10-13 miles? Sometime I get too anxious to go faster to watch the mileage go up but sometimes I know that's not right. I am still learning how to match my distance with a pace. Any suggestions?




  • Dreamstate Legend 278 posts since
    Dec 1, 2009

    Not sure how to answer this question but I'm going to suggest that you find the pace that works for you.


    I'm not a very fast runner but I'm good at endurance. I average around a 10 min/mile pace during training and a 9 min/mile pace on race day (on a good day).  So, for me, 10:30 min/mile would be comfortable for that kind of mileage. But I also haven't done much speed work lately either (planning to start soon). The more speedwork you do, the better your pace will be. But again, it depends on you. I know there are plenty of regulars on the board who would run circles around me at that distance but that's what's comfortable for them.


    Speedwork helps to increase speed, but pace is something that has to be practiced over time to allow your body to adjust to it at that mileage.

    Completed Races 2012:

    Rock and Roll USA Half Marathon, 02:54:26 (1st run POST injury)

    Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, 01:49:00


    Upcoming Races 2012:

    IronGirl Half Marathon, 4/29/12

    Frederick Half Marathon, 5/6/12

    Atlantic City International Sprint Tri, 09/17/12

    Rock and Roll Philly Half Marathon, 09/18/12

    Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/13/12

    Marine Corps Marathon, 10/28/12

    ING NYC Marathon, 11/4/12


    Personal Record from 2011:

    Teach, Learn, Play 5k, 10/02/11 00:26:57 (PR)

    Marine Corps Marathon 10k, 10/30/11 01:05:38 (PR)

    Baltimore Half Marathon, 10/15/11, 02:24:15 (PR)

  • BOSNPM We're Not Worthy 2,482 posts since
    Nov 20, 2007

    You have not given enough information to answer the question!  You should look at a running Calculator, a good one is Mcmillan Running Calculator.  You put in a race time and it will give you just about any time you are looking for:  Endurance Workout: easy/long/recovery, Stamina Workouts Steady-State runs/Tempo runs/Temo Intervals, and speed stuff 400/800/1200/1600. ect.  Good luck

  • Marykb Legend 1,347 posts since
    Jan 16, 2008

    Your question doesn't include enough information to give an answer.  Obviously the pace for running 10-13 miles isn't the same for everyone.  What is the right pace for me or for an Olympic athlete are two different things.   So there is no way anyone can tell you, based on your general question, what pace is right for YOU.


    Your best way to find out the right pace for YOU, would be to look at a training pace calculator which takes into account your current race paces and translates that into training paces for different distances - and also for speedwork.  The one I've used is   Bookmark that link because you'll refer to it a lot as a runner!



    (In other words, +1 to BOSNPM's answer above!)

  • Marykb Legend 1,347 posts since
    Jan 16, 2008

    Are you running on a treadmill?  From the way you describe your pace in mph that's what it sounds like.


    There is still no one answer to what is a "good" pace except what is good for you and your abilities.  If you are training to place in races and you need to know how you compare to others in your age group, then you can look up race results from some recent local races and see where you fall.


    The McMillan training pace calculator that we mentioned before will calculate your training paces based on the speeds you are running now.  If you run a 10K in 52 minutes, for example, then the suggested "long run" pace is 9:49-10:49  (Most runners, BTW, speak of their pace in minutes per mile rather than miles per hour.)  The distance of a "long run" is open to interpretation - for some runners 12 miles is a long run, to a marathoner it would be more like 18-20 miles.  But there is a range to work with in the suggested paces.


    You talk about being new to running - you talk about being a distance runner - you talk about increasing your pace - you talk about pushing yourself to the max.  And then you talk about not wanting to get injured.  So keeping those first four things in mind, you need to decide what your specific goals are.  Do you want to run a faster 5K or do you want to conquer new distances?  Because your training will reflect your goals and especially as a newer runner you need to focus on those goals one at a time, not try to do everything all at once.  THAT is how you will avoid injury!

  • Old Coyote Legend 256 posts since
    Apr 9, 2011

    Definitely check out a training calculator. If you haven't run a race yet, then you can estimate race times by perceived effort. In other words, if you do say a 5K in 30 minutes and you are beathing hard ( breathe in for 1 step, out for 2), then that is a race pace. Another way to judge pace for a long, slow run is to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. If you can do that withought breaking rhythm or gasping for breath in the pauses, that's a good slow pace.

    I run my long, slow runs at a breath pace of inhale on left, right, left, exhale on righ, left, right foot, or a three x three step pace. Tempo runs I do at  2 x 2, and races (5K or 10K) at 1x2 or 2x1.

  • PaquetRunning Amateur 17 posts since
    Jul 24, 2011

    Well.. its a quite open question. The answer is very simple: the pace you feel comfortable. Me I know that I am very comfortable with a pace of around 7 minutes and 30 seconds per mile for a half marathon. It really depends on you. A little advice, I would suggest you not to bother too much about it. Just train, take notes of all your trainings distances and times and just see your progress. That's where your focus should be if you are relatively new.

  • PaquetRunning Amateur 17 posts since
    Jul 24, 2011

    Its not that fast if you consider that my partner of training went under 1h20 . Its a good 16 minutes faster. heh


    Anyway, if you want a nice tool to have a visual follow up of your trainings and progress, check out

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