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I know each individual has their own good pace/ideal pace, but when does walking become running and when does running become a 'good' pace.
I've always considered 8 minute miles to be ideal pace, and on the occasions I have hit that pace I've really felt like a runner (hence my Eight Minute Mile blog). But what does everybody else think?
Interested in your views.
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Ive been running a year total my whole life and im at 7:30 minute mile pace for 5 whole miles. A lot of people consider this slow (people who have been running years) but i bet most people who have only ran a year arent this fast. 1 year thats it... Also weigh 190
Keep at it youll achieve
"if thats the case i can get both feet of the ground at 3 mph and call it running"
Yup, you can do that. Having both feet off the ground disqualifies you in racewalking, because it is running.
The answer to this question really depends on who you are, your goals, and your training history. From a strict definition sense, running is at a speed when both legs are off the ground. This doesn't happen during walking.
But you can be a runner when you run 12 minute miles or 6 minute miles. Your pace isn't as important as what you personally identify with. To be a runner, you just have to run
I don't have a single "good pace" or "ideal pace". It depends on the purpose of the run, the terrain, and the weather conditions. For example, I race 5K's at just about 8 min/mile (assuming reasonably flat ground and reasonable race day temperatures). Since the 5K and 10K are my best distances, I could say that 8 min/mi is my "ideal pace". I also do some speedwork at that pace. But I slow down some for standard training runs, longer distances, hills and high temperatures. For example, for me, a good pace for a 10K race would be about 8:15 min/mile. A 4 mi tempo run, about 8:30/mi. A 4-6 mi training run including rolling hills (2-3 % inclines) might be about 8:40/mile. With extra hills, about 8:50/mile. In 87 degree heat and hills (like yesterday where I live), any decent pace is a good pace. You get the idea.
@ 5K: Ontario Mills Run, Ontario, CA, 25:19
@ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker Run, Los Angeles, CA, 51:44