How fast can you run a 1/4 of a mile, 400 meters, or once around the track? My 400 meter PR is 52 seconds which I obtained in the last race of my college career in the middle of an 800 during a 4×800 meter relay, the second 400 didn’t go quite as well! If I had been able to continue that pace it would have been a 3:28 mile!! Or a 1:30 marathon. That would be amazing, too bad I couldn’t even hold it for a second 400 meters!
The current marathon world record is 2:03:59 by Haile Gebrselassie which is a 4:43 mile or a 70 second 400. The current 100 meter world record is 9.58 held by Usain Bolt, this is a 2:35 mile pace or 1:07:19 marathon, impressive!
What’s the point of all these numbers? A writer for the Star-Tribune decided to try and match Jason Lehmkuhle’s Boston Marathon pace (5:03) for 400 meters. Lehmkule ran a 2:12:24 for ninth place. Can you run a flat out 5:03? My TC 1 Mile time is 5:26 from last year, so I couldn’t even keep up with Jason for a mile. So Lehmkule’s average 400 meter time was 75 seconds. The Strib writer, Michael Rand (athlinks), ran a 76 second quarter and was in his own words “spent”.
It was an interesting experiment that shows how amazing the elite runners really are. Rand is in training for a marathon and has a PR of 4:30. I like what he says:
I could not quite even run 1 percent of a marathon distance at a world-class pace — let alone conceive of actually running the other 99 percent or so that fast.
How far can you run at a world class pace?
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