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    Reasonable mile time (running) for a cyclist?

    I haven't ridden in 15 years and I'm wondering what I could pull off as a mile time. I don't want to train for it, but a 1/4-1/2 mile warmup or stretching is fine. Just curious what I could pull off as a mile time if I haven't run in 15 years and never run more than a mile at a time. I can do a century no big deal and my road rides often average 20mph+ driveway to driveway with a 15+ minute 15mph warmup built into that average.

    Just curious.

    Just to be clear, this is a single mile attempt. No training leading up to it, not a 5 mile event, etc. Just ONE mile with a short warmup beforehand if necessary, then I'm done with running again for another 15 years.
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    7min/mi for multiple miles.. when I could run

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    Quote Originally Posted by spdntrxi View Post
    7min/mi for multiple miles.. when I could run
    I'll only be doing one mile. I can warmup beforehand if that would be beneficial but this isn't part of a 5 mile run. I'll be walking across the street to the high school track, doing 4 laps, and going home.

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    no history of running, no training...?

    fitness walking pace is ~12-15 min/mile.

    aim for 10 min.

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    If you're not an experienced runner, shoot for a 7-8 minute mile. As you gain more fitness, shoot for 6 minutes or faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    no history of running, no training...?

    fitness walking pace is ~12-15 min/mile.

    aim for 10 min.
    Cycling only. Have never run more than 1 mile at a time as far as I can recall and that was 15+ years ago, if not 20+ or even 25 years ago.
    Quote Originally Posted by SauronHimself View Post
    If you're not an experienced runner, shoot for a 7-8 minute mile. As you gain more fitness, shoot for 6 minutes or faster.
    Funny how some people say 10 and others say 7, big difference, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thisisthebeave View Post
    Cycling only. Have never run more than 1 mile at a time as far as I can recall and that was 15+ years ago, if not 20+ or even 25 years ago.

    Funny how some people say 10 and others say 7, big difference, no?
    A 10-minute mile is really pu$$y footing it even if you don't run a lot. When I began NROTC in college I was never a runner, and in our formation runs we paced an 8-minute mile. I felt fine.
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    1 mile only.. Push for 6


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    Reasonable mile time (running) for a cyclist?

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    don't pull a hammie...

    post your time.

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    With zero run training? I'd say 8 mins would be decent. Probably gonna feel like death for a few days after.

    With a couple of weeks of runs, though, sub 6 if you're decently light and fit.

    Oh, and four laps is only 1600 meters. You'd be coming up just a bit short...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedalbiker View Post
    With zero run training? I'd say 8 mins would be decent. Probably gonna feel like death for a few days after.
    Yeah, i predict pulled quads, unless he takes it really easy.
    Oh, and four laps is only 1600 meters. You'd be coming up just a bit short...
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    I ran for 20 years as a side workout. cycling the main thing in my life. I never measured my time or speed once. Though I entered a couple fun runs. I think I did the 10km event at 50 minutes or so 10 years ago.

    then shin splints happened and running stopped. yay

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    It will be way, way slower than you think. I ran a sub 6 in college and similarly average 20+ on rides. I thought I would take up running again after 25 years. An 8 minute mile with no training would make me puke. It sucks getting old.

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    Age? Weight? I'm 52 and don't run much but I could run a sub 7 mile without too much difficulty. I know a lot of fit cyclists who would struggle to break 10 minutes. OTOH, I ride with a guy who at age 62 is a competitive distance runner.

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    Good cycling fitness doesn't transfer to good running fitness. I used to run more than I biked; now its the other way around. I've gotten much faster cycling but I'm now slower at running. My thighs have more power than ever for sprinting short distances but even a mile takes strong calves, ham strings and core strength. I do think doing both activities really compliment eachother.

    If you make it in 9:59 or less that would be a win.

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    Un No... Running a mile is completely unreasonable
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwalther View Post
    Age? Weight? I'm 52 and don't run much but I could run a sub 7 mile without too much difficulty. I know a lot of fit cyclists who would struggle to break 10 minutes. OTOH, I ride with a guy who at age 62 is a competitive distance runner.
    yeah, hard to make any predictions without some info...if you're 50, 5' tall, and 250 lbs, don't think any speed records will be broken.

    used to be a dedicated runner, 35 mi/wk...best 10K was sub-38 min. at 40, did a one-mile event when I was in decent shape at 5:19. knees are junk now, running is all in the past.

    going into this little adventure cold-turkey, the OP shouldn't really expect to crush any numbers.

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    Depends on who is chasing you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCSaltchucker View Post
    then shin splints happened and running stopped. yay
    Try running the last 100 meters (or 109.361 yards, you pick) backwards. I look like a tool doing it, but no more shin splints.

    I only run when I can't bike. During biking season I stick to walking/hiking. Long term running will kill your joints.
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    What a strange, impossible to answer question. How are we supposed to know? What are you hoping to get out of this thread? Go run a mile, figure it out.

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    A mile is pretty tiny. I mean you're asking the question, "I usually do this exercise thing that takes ~1-2 hours, based on that how long will it take me to do this different thing that's less than 10 minutes?" If you're fit from biking you will probably run a single mile pretty fast, but more interesting thing will be what average you can maintain for 5 miles or something.

    It can take a while to learn to pace yourself running... a lot of people seem to say you want each mile to get faster if not totally steady at least for shorter runs, but for the casual runner who isn't doing it right it ends up being the other way around and you blow all your energy in mile one, just trying to survive the rest.

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