often blogs about
running and generally posts his running paces as minutes/mile. Well, we're
both geeks, so numerical challenges are logical for us..:)
I follow my own 'performance' (or lack of) in terms of speed in kilometers
per hour. Which makes the conversion fairly hard.
Just to confirm that we live on different planets, this week, I tried to get a rough idea and then calculated my usual pace
(for distances ranging from 15km to 25km, as well as short distances such as
On short distance (5km), my best pace is currently 11.75km/h, which turns to
5'06" per kilometer, or 8'19" per mile. I run such distance fairly rarely.
It probably could be improved to about 12km/h. For those who care, that
makes 25 minutes for 5000m while the world record is less than 13..:-)
On medium distance (15km), my pace is around 10.75km/h, turning to 5'33" per
kilometer, or 9'05" per mile.
On my longest distance (27km), the pace was 10.16km/h, turning
to 5'54" per kilometer, or 9'37" per mile (however, that time, I had to stop
a few times to have a look at my map as I was using new paths). I once ran
26km at 10.5km/h, so nothing really reproducible there, still.
The challenge I give myself currently is not really running faster (I
apparently reached a level which I can't easily break), but more running
longer. My current estimate is that 30-35km could be achievable (I only need
to find enough time for this) while a marathon is still out of question.
Frankly, I couldn't even imagine this when I (re)started running, less than
1 year ago.
Anyway, for people going to Debconf, I plan to gather the Debian runners and
share the pleasure of running together during the conference. I'll probably
open an "event" for this in Pentabarf. Of course, the point there will be
sharing the pleasure, not performance. So, even if you are a very
occasionnal runner, you're welcome.