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  1. zxghostrider

    zxghostrider Sometimes you gotta hop on two wheels

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    I can run a mile and a half in about 13 minutes. Is it feasible to to run it in under 9 minutes within a year (with enough training of course)?

    Also, what's the most you've heard of (or yourself) shaved off of a distance of around this? Thanks.
     
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    maybe.
     
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    zxghostrider Sometimes you gotta hop on two wheels

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    I'll take a maybe :hs:
     
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    that's a consistent 6 minute mile. i dont run, but that sounds fast.
     
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    zxghostrider Sometimes you gotta hop on two wheels

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    It's very fast, but I've also never dedicated myself to running. I'm sure eventually it can be done, but can the body make that sort of adjustment in a year?
     
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    thanks gonna depend on how hard you train, i'm sure.
     
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    Yeah if you work hard enough
     
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    zxghostrider Sometimes you gotta hop on two wheels

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    Like I said, I'm sure eventually it could be done. I don't know enough about running, but part of me thinks even with hard training, that sort of progress would take years.
     
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    eh.. i think that's probably right about where the training curve gets difficult.
     
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    oh God yes. you could shave it to 9 minutes in 3 months if you trained hard enough.
     
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    If you only plan on running 1.5 mi it's easily achievable.
     
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    zxghostrider Sometimes you gotta hop on two wheels

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    From 13 to 9 minutes :eek4:

    Like I said, I'm not a runner, but if that's the case :hsd:
     
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    i am a runner, and especially if you're a beginner, you can do it - there's a lot of room for improvement. after 2 months, youll be sh1tting your pants with how fast you've become.

    I would spend the first month and a half running six days a week about 3 to 6 miles. After a month a half, start trimming down the amount of miles you run, and heavily speed up your time. This will give your the stamina first and foremost.

    At a mile and a half, you can virtually train yourself to be able to push the entire way.
     
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    I'm not sure about a mile and a half but personally i dropped my one mile time from 9:23 to 6:44 with 6 weeks of crossfit 3x a week. HIIT style training should help a lot.

    And regarding what northw3st said - if I tried that I wouldn't make it past the 3rd day and knees/ankles/chins would be shot.

    Most places will suggest easing into it - running something like 3x a week and taking a break between days. Also slowly increasing the distance...

    http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_4/index.shtml
    "Training schedules" has some good info - obviously listen to your body. Maybe 6 days a week works for some people - I know if I followed that advice I'd be done walking for awhile - found that out the hard way.
     
  17. PcH

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    13 minutes, 1.5 miles = 8:39 pace

    9 minutes, 1.5 miles = 6:00 pace

    You're going to have to train very hard
     
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    3 months :ugh2:
     
  19. PcH

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    +10% mileage per week and you'll be safe
     
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    Bodhi My crotch is red .. my lambos blue .. and ill be g

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    .. definitely possible .. sprinters on our team had to shave off time for a mile run before every season .. not fun .. but doable .. stretch it out .. the extra 800m is cake for long distance guys ..
     
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    if you can get someone to help you with your form, that's going to be key to reducing you're times.

    I haven't ran competitively in almost 10 years, and I still cringe when I see "runners" running like football players with their arms swinging side to side at chest level.


    for form, these are some good tips...


    1. Keep your head up. Don't lead forward at the neck.

    2.KEEP YOUR SHOULDER RELAXED. the tighter your upper body is, the less momentum you've got on the wheels.

    3. Arms : keep them at 90 degrees. Back and forth from the shoulders only. prevent side to side as much as possible.

    4. Stay on the balls of your feet.
     
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    Bacchus Skinny Guy

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    more milage doesn't = faster.

    this concept was dropped 20 years ago by middle distance runners.


    More milage = more chance of injury. running is hard on your body. If he's running 1.5 mile races, 4-6 miles is plenty for training day.

    If you REALLY want to improve?

    Intervals at least 2 days a week, and distance 4 others with 1 day off.. That's what most middle distance runners will do.

    for intervals, do things like 4 x 1 mile with a 3 minute in between/, 12 x .5 mile with a few minutes in between. you want to build muscular endurance.
     
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    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    Once you start getting a lot faster it's addictive too
     
  25. PcH

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    Not necessarily. More mileage can mean less chance for injury if your body builds up to it. I agree with your form tips and definitely with intervals. Intervals is the sure fire way to get faster for any distance. For form breathing is essential. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Fill up your stomach when you breathe in and suck in your stomach when you breathe out. This sounds backwards, but I promise you it is not.
     
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