Taking Time off My 1.5 Mile Run

I need to run 1.5 miles in 16 minutes or less. I currently run it in 16:10 and I am finishing that with exhaustion.

How long should it take me to get my time to under 16 minutes and not feel like I am dying?

Answer by Dom:

taking time off 1.5 mile

Hi there,
Thanks for your running question. This 1.5 mile physical test is really causing some issues for people.

You are not the first one wanting to reduce their 1.5 mile run time.

So, first of all, I would recommend reading through the 1.5 mile running section and studying all the answers to questions provided.

They should really help you out. Go to Training for the 1.5 Mile Run for your starting point.

The general recipe to improve your 1.5 mile run test is to:

1. Run regularly
2. Easy runs
3. Some faster running
4. Good race strategy

Run Regularly

Consistency is so important to your running. Run regularly, i.e. at least three times per week. This will help you improve over time.

Easy Runs

Do easy runs that increase in length. The longer those easy runs, the stronger your stamina. Also see my Increasing Mileage Safely-page).

Some Faster Running

Do some faster running as well to get used to the higher intensity needed in your 1.5 mile run test. A good point to start with faster running is the Fartlek page.

Fartlek is Swedish for speedplay. It's a great concept and well-suited to somebody who wants to start running faster workouts.

Race Strategy

taking time off 1.5 mile
Without knowing anything about your current exercise regime I am not going to risk any predictions on how long it should take to shave off 10 seconds of your current 1.5 mile run time.

You may already be able to run the distance within the required time, you know. I'd hazard a guess that you currently run with positive splits, i.e. you run the first half of the run faster than the second half.

In marathons, running a minute too fast in the first half, is said to cost you at least five minutes in the second half.

With 1.5 miles the effect will of course not be so dramatic, but you could maybe save yourself 10 seconds by going out a little slower.

Of course, the better strategy to pass your fitness test is to not rely on guess work but on some good, solid hard work to bring down that 1.5 mile run time!

Best of luck with it.
Kind regards,

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