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    Hey guys,

    Just out of curiosity, what do you consider fast? I use runtastic pro when I run and when I was done it said that I ran 2.04 miles in 30.18 minutes. This includes a 5 min warm up (walking) then I sprint as fast as I can. This is outdoor running. I would sprint one block then walk another and so on. Finally I would do a cool down for 5 min so this all in matter of that 30.18 minutes.

    I ideally would like to improve my sprint speed so I just wanted to know if i'm too slow.

    Thoughts?

  • #2
    I'm really not sure what kind of time would be considered fast for alternating between walking and running. I don't think the time matters much to be honest, because ultimately if you are sprinting to your fullest capabilities then I would think you would still be getting the same great benefits of sprinting that faster sprinters get. It's all about giving it your all, not so much speed, in my opinion.

    I for one know I'm by no means a super fast runner or sprinter. The last time I ran a timed mile was right around 7 minutes, but that was a few years ago when I was on a track team, and I'm sure it would take me longer now. One of my female friends on the track team at my university can run a mile in a little less than 5 minutes, which is just insane to me. I don't go for a run very often now, because I don't enjoy it much anymore, but when I sprint I give it all of my effort, and I think that's what really matters.

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    • #3
      I thing you really want to time your sprints if you want a valuable metric to track. Or if you have something like a Tabata timer see how far you can run in 20 seconds.

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      • #4
        People at my school though they were fast for running 6 minute miles but then this guy ran a 5k in 15:31

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        • #5
          I think its fair enough at what you are running.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kool View Post
            People at my school though they were fast for running 6 minute miles but then this guy ran a 5k in 15:31
            a 6min mile is fast.... a 5min mile is fast(er)
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            • #7
              For me, an under 10 minute mile would be lightning fast. I don't judge myself by other people's standards, just my own progress. I might be able to do that if I trained all summer with that goal in mind. But at the moment it's not a priority.

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              • #8
                Why do you care if it's fast? You should care about the benefits, and in that case, it only matters if you're working as hard as your particular goal demands (in the case of sprints, all-out-blindingly-hard-as-heck for 20 or 30 seconds).

                Two better options:
                1. Toss the stopwatch. Pick a fixed distance to sprint, run all-out, walk back, repeat 6-12 times. Call it a day.
                2. Hard to do with the stopwatch, but possible: Run all out for 30 seconds, walk/light jog 30 seconds, repeat as above. Or get an interval timer (Gymboss is the brand I have, I think Everlast makes a slightly cheaper one) and do 8 sets of 20 second sprints separated by 10 second active rest periods for a Tabata-esque protocol.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                  Why do you care if it's fast? You should care about the benefits, and in that case, it only matters if you're working as hard as your particular goal demands (in the case of sprints, all-out-blindingly-hard-as-heck for 20 or 30 seconds).

                  Two better options:
                  1. Toss the stopwatch. Pick a fixed distance to sprint, run all-out, walk back, repeat 6-12 times. Call it a day.
                  2. Hard to do with the stopwatch, but possible: Run all out for 30 seconds, walk/light jog 30 seconds, repeat as above. Or get an interval timer (Gymboss is the brand I have, I think Everlast makes a slightly cheaper one) and do 8 sets of 20 second sprints separated by 10 second active rest periods for a Tabata-esque protocol.
                  No its not a huge deal for me if I'm running fast. I was just curious. Okay I might try the 8 sets of 20 seconds sprints next time.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by federkeil View Post
                    a 6min mile is fast.... a 5min mile is fast(er)
                    true...true

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                    • #11
                      I always run 10 min mile because that's the speed I'm most comfortable with. I usually go for 3 or more miles with no stopping or walking pauses. I don't feel it to be particularly fast.

                      I think that I'm a fast sprinter, but never actually timed my sprints.

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                      • #12
                        If you are running (jogging) for twenty-thirty minutes without really being winded, and can carry on a convo, probably not too fast. If you have to breathe after every couple of words, fast. Fast is relative.

                        Numbers wise, as has been said, a six minute mile is considered pretty fast, especially when maintained over a distance such as a 5k.
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                        • #13
                          As far as sprint speed, Olympic level sprinters are sub-10 seconds for 100m, which equates to roughly 10m/s = 22mph = 36 km/h. If you're getting somewhere close to that, you are fast. But like the others have said, it's relative. If you're not competing, it doesn't really matter, as long as you are going fast for YOU. Go all out!

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                          • #14
                            Its all relative. For me, a sub 20:00 5k is fast. For one of my friends a sub 17 is fast. A sub 1:40 half marathon is fast for me, for my buddy a sub 2:55 marathon is fast. Don't worry about other people, just run your own speed.

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                            • #15
                              Yeah the 15:30 5k guy went to nationals...it was crazy!!!!

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