How fast can the average person run a mile

There is no one correct answer to the question how long it takes to run a mile, because there is no way to define what an average runner is. The opinions about the average mile time vary, but most often you will hear that the average time is between 7 and 10 minutes. The factors which affect the time it takes for running a mile are many. They include: health, age, gender, weight, fitness level, weather conditions, running conditions and the inclination of the terrain, the pace and many other conditions. Enough said, so how long does it take to run a mile for a beginner? We will give you few examples to give you an idea of what you can expect. Read on.


Average time to run a mile:

Your fitness level is probably the most important factor which is decisive for the time it will take you to run a mile. A trained, elite athlete may run a mile for less than 5 minutes (the world record is by Hicham El Guerrouj who ran a mile for 3.43 minutes). If you are new to running, you may need 12 to 15 minutes to run a full mile. An average runner should take between 7 and 9 minutes to run a mile.

Your age is also very important for your running. Usually, people are fastest during early adulthood (between 18 to 30 years of age), and as the age increases they tend to get slower.

Gender is another factor which has an effect on the running speed. At equal fitness and trained levels, men are usually faster than women.

Pacing is another factor which has direct correlation with the speed of running. A trained person can run a mile in 7 minutes, but if he or she is running a marathon, it is likely that the speed will be slowed down to about 9 minutes, in order to increase the endurance needed for the long 26 mile run. Of course, different runners have different goals when running a marathon, so the speed and pacing tactics can differ a lot.

Your body’s morphology also is an important variable for determining your average running speed. The structure of your hips, the length of your stride, your height, your foot strike type are also essential for the speed at which you are running. Having additional pounds also prevent heavy runners from running faster.

The last, but not least important is whether you have adequately addressed your feet problems, if any. Flat feet, high arches, hammer toes, bunions all require adequate footwear. Read our guides, and choose accordingly.

How many steps in a mile running

The number of steps taken during a one mile run decreases as the pace increases. On average, running a mile at a pace which takes 6 minutes requires an average of 1,064 steps for men, at an 8 minute pace – 1,400 steps, for 10 minutes – 1,672 steps, while running a mile for 12 minutes takes an average of 1,951 steps for men.

For women, the steps required for running 1 mile are as follows: 1,213 steps for a 6 minute run, 1,469 for an 8 minute run, 1,709 for a 10 minute run and 1,979 steps for running a mile for 12 minutes.

The numbers of steps given are for average men and women. The number of steps depends on the pace, the height of the runner and other factors too.

Of course, as a safety precaution it is important for runners to know that they shouldn’t attempt to improve their running speed at more than 10 percent per week, because there is a risk of injury and can cause stress and extra impact on the joints. So, be careful!