Thursday, March 12, 2009

Keep Up The Pace

I've been trying to get myself back into shape lately. It has been a long winter and the softball / kickball seasons are just around the corner. I gotta get back into playing shape if I want to return to Vegas this year.

Right now I'm running two miles a day at an eight minute mile pace. Not terrible but I have a long way to go to get back to my peak of five miles a day at the same pace.

An eight minute mile works out to be 7.5 mph. Tonight I started to wonder what kind of pace marathoners run at. A marathon is of course 26 miles long. Could anyone possibly run an average speed of 7.5 mph over 26 miles?

As usual I turned to wikipedia. In September 2008 Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia set a record marathon time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 59 seconds. That works out to be (on average) a 4.8 minute mile or 12.7 mph.

Damn. So when I stop after 2 miles he has already done 3.4 and could continue for another 22.6.

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