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I'm thinkin of joining my schools track team next year. track season is already over this year. I try to run at least a mile every day. and i was wandering what the average time for a high school guy to run a mile on the track is. thanks in advance
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I can do it in a couple of days.
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I run the mile in track and I get a 4:49.
The record is 3:47 or something. Somewhere in the 5 minutes range or low 6 would be a good start. It depends on how much you've been running already.
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when i first started i think my time was somewhere around 7 minutes. but i walked the first lap and jogged the next 3. That was probably two months ago though. I think im gonna go to the track this weekend and time myself again.
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track running for a school is generally execpted at around the 4:30 - 5:00 mark(for my old school anyway), but that was to just get trials, you had to beat 4:30 to make the team, then beat 4:00 to get a starting place.

in england, you have to run a mile in under 10 minutes to join the army, so compared to most schools track teams, it isn't that hard to join the army.
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track running for a school is generally execpted at around the 4:30 - 5:00 mark(for my old school anyway), but that was to just get trials, you had to beat 4:30 to make the team, then beat 4:00 to get a starting place.

in england, you have to run a mile in under 10 minutes to join the army, so compared to most schools track teams, it isn't that hard to join the army.

so you're not allowed to be more than 20 seconds slower than the world record to get a starting place?

damn, what a weird school.
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track running for a school is generally execpted at around the 4:30 - 5:00 mark(for my old school anyway), but that was to just get trials, you had to beat 4:30 to make the team, then beat 4:00 to get a starting place.

in england, you have to run a mile in under 10 minutes to join the army, so compared to most schools track teams, it isn't that hard to join the army.

Are you sure it wasn't 4 minutes for 1km?
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I can do it in 7'30, based on my average speed on a 4km cardio training (12.8km/h).

So if I focused on 1609 meters only, I could probably run a mile under 6 minutes, and I only run casually. I think you should aim at between 4 and 5 minutes.
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Are you sure it wasn't 4 minutes for 1km?


nope, definately a mile, and that's probably the reason we never had much of a track team. we had two people who could run it between 3:55 - 4:00, and other than that, everyone else was around the 4:20 - 4:30 mark, so they just made the team.

the best i ever did was 4:37, so i missed out on the team, but i was still pleased that i could run that well

and yes, it was a bit of a weird school, they set very high standards for all of our sports teams.
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My time is around 6:30, I know people who take 20 minutes if they're trying really hard though
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i used to do 7:47 in middle school... so i'd say low 7's would be acceptable to start... try going out for cross country first (fall running sport) it's about distance and time, it's a good way to gain endurance while trying to keep up speed. you generally run 3 miles in cross country, so if you can pull a good time with that without getting too overly winded, ramping up the speed on your mile should be easier.
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Quote by richie7410
nope, definately a mile, and that's probably the reason we never had much of a track team. we had two people who could run it between 3:55 - 4:00, and other than that, everyone else was around the 4:20 - 4:30 mark, so they just made the team.

the best i ever did was 4:37, so i missed out on the team, but i was still pleased that i could run that well

and yes, it was a bit of a weird school, they set very high standards for all of our sports teams.


Do you have any links to these results? Was it the 1500m (sometimes considered the Olympic mile) or 1600m (closer to an standard mile of 1609m)? I think the fastest high schooler in the U.S. is around 4:05 for 1600m, and I know Alan Webb set the high school record at low 3:50s and basically put it out of touch.

TS, gradually work your way up to more mileage as it will build your aerobic capacity, and when track season comes around again, your coach will undoubtedly give you more speed work to sharpen your anaerobic capacity at the mile. Consider doing cross country in the fall, it can help you out greatly.
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I run the mile in track and I get a 4:49.
The record is 3:47 or something. Somewhere in the 5 minutes range or low 6 would be a good start. It depends on how much you've been running already.


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Yeah do cross country
Cross country>track by 1000
at least in my school.

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I do about 5 mile runs which take about 45 minutes so 9 minutes. I could probably do it quicker on its own.
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I ran/walked two miles every other day a few weeks ago. It took me about 45 minutes at first then gradually went down to 25. Now I haven't done it since my ankles have been killing me from the rough terrain and field roads and poor shoes. That or somethings wrong with my ankles.
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I ran/walked two miles every other day a few weeks ago. It took me about 45 minutes at first then gradually went down to 25. Now I haven't done it since my ankles have been killing me from the rough terrain and field roads and poor shoes. That or somethings wrong with my ankles.


45 minutes for 2 miles?


I could walk slower than normal and still get under 35 easily.
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I'd say an average time for a "in shape" person who doesn't focus on running is about 6:30 to 8 minutes.

I for one am a slow runner and have to work pretty hard to get under 6:30
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If I go nonstop probably 10-15 minutes. I usually take a rest halfway through though because my feet start to hurt really bad. My knees are ****ed up anyway.
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For me it's usually between 8 and 8:30, but I don't have an exact time because when I time my run it's always for a mile and a half. I think my last timed run I hit a mile around like 7:30.
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I'd say an average time for a "in shape" person who doesn't focus on running is about 6:30 to 8 minutes.

I for one am a slow runner and have to work pretty hard to get under 6:30

Good range. If you're breaking 6:30 but are not an avid runner, you're in excellent shape. I can break 6 minutes if I kill myself, but for anything beyond two miles I'll run about a 7 minute pace.
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If I go nonstop probably 10-15 minutes. I usually take a rest halfway through though because my feet start to hurt really bad. My knees are ****ed up anyway.


It could possibly be the type of shoes you have or just your biomechanics in general. If you're interested in running consistently, look for a local running specialist shoe store and they can at least tell you the kind of pronation of your foot (overpronation, supination, or neutral foot). Once you know that, you can find shoes specifically geared towards your type of pronation, which can ease much of the pain. If you don''t feel like going through all of that, start swimming.
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Last time I ran a mile was when I was a freshman in college and finished in about 6:30.

I honestly do not think I could run a mile today. Shows how far I've fallen...
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I run the mile on the track team. My fastest was 5:11 and that's a slightly above average time. To be competitive with the frontrunners, you will have to be around 4:20, 4:30. This could be different in different divisions though. If you want to be serious about running, you will have to get a decent pair of training shoes. I recommend any of the following brands: Mizuno, Brooks, Pearl Izumi, and Saucony. Never get a pair of Nikes to train in... They aren't as good as their price tags say they are. Now for races, you will need to get some track spikes. The brand of these don't really matter, since you will only be wearing them 5 minutes at a time. These should feel comfortable, natural, and light on your foot. I tend to find 3 or 4 that fit my feet pretty well, and then judging by the comfortability and weight of it, I choose the one that would be best for me. You should not get sprinting spikes for the mile. You can tell the difference between a sprinting spike and distance spike because sprinting spikes don't have heels on them. For example:

This is a sprinting spike. Since it doesn't have much of a heel, it forces the sprinter onto their toes (called an aggressive spike plate) in order for them to push off with more force. This is not good during a distance race because it was cause your calves to tire out and actually slow you down.

This is a distance spike. Notice how there is a heel on the back of it? This just enforces the technique of running heel-to-toe (which is NOT an aggressive spike plate), which is what distance runners are supposed to do.

Hope this helps and good luck.

EDIT: Oh, and just some training tips. First, you're going to want to build a good mile base. If you haven't been running much you should start out with just a couple of miles at first. Don't run these very hard. You should be out of breath by the time you are done, but your legs shouldn't be too bad. Start working your way up to more and more miles. If you plan on just running the mile, the most you should be running for your longest run should be about 4 or 5 miles. Once you work your way up to 4 or 5 miles, continue doing these high mileage runs for about 2 more weeks. After this, start throwing in some different types of workouts: fartleks, 200 repeats, 400 repeats, 800 repeats, etc. (google is your friend... use it.) Every couple weeks or so, your workout days should be getting harder and harder. Normally, during off-season training your training shouldn't be too hard, mainly high mileage, maybe 1 or 2 workout days a week:
Day 1: 4 miles, easy pace
Day 2: 3 miles, moderate-hard pace
Day 3: Workout (fartleks, repeats, etc.)
Day 4: 5 miles, easy pace
Day 5: 4 miles, moderate pace

Note that this is just an example.

If you ever get bored with 4 or 5 miles being your long run, feel free to increase it every once in a while.
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when i first started i think my time was somewhere around 7 minutes. but i walked the first lap and jogged the next 3. That was probably two months ago though. I think im gonna go to the track this weekend and time myself again.

You should be good. The army stardard is under 8 and half mins for someone who is 17-20 at 70 inches.
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I was running it in 6-7 minutes, you should aim for that.
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I can run one mile between 6-7 minutes. I can run faster, but running hurts my back quite a bit, so I have to get cardio some other way
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I'm going to time myself next time to see how fast I can do it. I think I'm misjudging how long it takes.
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Im in the Army and do 2 miles in low 15's, If Im just running a mile I can break 7, but when I ran CC in high school I regularly did low 12's 2 miles split and would come across the finish at under 20 minutes....getting older sucks in that way..Im 31 now...Im stronger than I have ever been but the tendonitis flare ups in my feet and knees mess up my running something fierce
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average is like 7 to 8 minutes, im prolly at like a 5:45. haven't actually ran a mile fast in days tho, been doing mostly distance haha. i need to time one sometime...
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