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  • #16
    Originally posted by GrayPatriot View Post
    SRT's advice is what you will get from anyone with knowledge in the running community...

    I am a recreational runner and I run anywhere from 1,200-1,500 miles a year. Every year I run around two 5ks, four 10ks, a 5 miler and last year I ran a marathon. I am in two running clubs that meet for weekly runs and I subscribe to runner's world and running times magazine for a few years now. I would say I know more than the average Joe about running. <---- Just giving a background.

    I will say it again... What SRT just posted is what anyone who wants to improve their running time should follow!!!
    What you stated it NOT the definition of a recreational runner! LOL!
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    • #17
      Good stuff SRT. Thanks for posting that. I am doing the same fitness test as the OP, and I run a 1.5 mi in around 11:10-11:40. I'm more worried about running in the academy though... I haven't done many "long" runs, over 3 miles. So I'm working on keeping pace (around 8-9 min/mi) for 3-4 miles. I'm going to adjust what I was doing, and go with your program. I might make a few adjustments, like doing tempo runs at 2 miles, and the long run at 6. Definitely good info though. Thank you!
      "We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence to those who would do us harm." - George Orwell, April 4, 1942

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      • #18
        Originally posted by brownj21 View Post
        What you stated it NOT the definition of a recreational runner! LOL!
        I just wanted people to know I am not some guy who took some running program from the internet and recently passed a 1.5 miler by following that plan... I passed out two younger runners at the finish line of a 5m a few yrs back. I was all proud of myself until I check their ages on the results page... They were 13 and 16. So, I am a recreational runner until I can beat all the younger kids! lol
        At the most recent 5m I ran a 14yr old ran it in 32:46 which is a 6:33 pace for 5 miles!!! Last yr I ran a 5k at 6:22 pace but I wouldn't have been able to keep it up for another ~2 miles... So, I am a recreational runner ;-)

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        • #19
          Originally posted by GrayPatriot View Post
          I just wanted people to know I am not some guy who took some running program from the internet and recently passed a 1.5 miler by following that plan... I passed out two younger runners at the finish line of a 5m a few yrs back. I was all proud of myself until I check their ages on the results page... They were 13 and 16. So, I am a recreational runner until I can beat all the younger kids! lol
          At the most recent 5m I ran a 14yr old ran it in 32:46 which is a 6:33 pace for 5 miles!!! Last yr I ran a 5k at 6:22 pace but I wouldn't have been able to keep it up for another ~2 miles... So, I am a recreational runner ;-)
          Well, Mr. recreational runner, it appears that you can smoke me! LOL!

          Anyone who has been around these forums much SHOULD know that you are one of the people who offers solid fitness advice on thread after thread. Same for SRT.
          www.ShankAZombie.com

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          • #20
            Originally posted by GrayPatriot View Post
            I just wanted people to know I am not some guy who took some running program from the internet and recently passed a 1.5 miler by following that plan... I passed out two younger runners at the finish line of a 5m a few yrs back. I was all proud of myself until I check their ages on the results page... They were 13 and 16. So, I am a recreational runner until I can beat all the younger kids! lol
            At the most recent 5m I ran a 14yr old ran it in 32:46 which is a 6:33 pace for 5 miles!!! Last yr I ran a 5k at 6:22 pace but I wouldn't have been able to keep it up for another ~2 miles... So, I am a recreational runner ;-)
            Same here. I consider myself a recreational runner (although I've taken on some coaching). I used consider myself a specialist at the 10k but have been running the marathon for the last couple of years. My intention is to move on to ultras in the next couple of years. I've got my first 5k of the year coming up in 3 weeks. I'm very excited for this race season.

            In my first 5k ever, I was cruising along towards the finish line feeling really good about all the people I passed and the good time I was logging. I was in that last tenth of a mile putting in the kick for the finish line when I hear very fast footsteps coming up behind me. I poured everything I had into my legs only to be passed by a 63 year female. That was a humbling experience to me to say the least. I ended up placing 5th in my age group (she was first in hers) but had trouble enjoying the performance. When it happened again in another 5k, and in another, I finally came to the realization that the only person I'm really racing out there is myself.
            Originally posted by kontemplerande
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            • #21
              This is a great thread. I am also in the 14 to 15 min range for 1.5 miles and am looking to improve. I run this on a mulch trail near my house which has some minor curves and elevation changes. I'd probably be a touch faster on a real track but not by a lot. Way back in the day my personal record in a Mile was 5:20. My best 2 Mile was 12:30. The legs were much younger then.

              These days I'd be happy to get my 1.5 to 12:30. I'll bet there are alot of people in this 15 minute 1.5 range. Best of luck all.
              Swim & Basic Motor skills: Passed
              CJBAT: 87 first time, 94 second time around
              TABE: 12.9 across the board

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              • #22
                Anyone who has been around these forums much SHOULD know that you are one of the people who offers solid fitness advice on thread after thread. Same for SRT.
                +100000000000000000

                POSR,

                Nice to see you around again Brother!!
                MDRDEP:

                There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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                • #23
                  Great advice SRT, even though we aren't on the same page politically, your running advice is great and should be easy to follow for us average runners. I, too, would like to see this page as a sticky one.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by jcioccke View Post
                    +100000000000000000

                    POSR,

                    Nice to see you around again Brother!!
                    You too!
                    "Character is someone you are when no one is watching."

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