In , British Olympian Tom Bosworth broke a world record when he race-walked 1 mile in a speedy 5 minutes and 31 seconds. Amazing, right? But as you might imagine, Olympic race-walkers move much faster than most people. So, when schlepping from, say, your apartment to your local coffee shop, how fast are you walking?
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Your running pace -- the number of minutes it takes you to run 1 mile -- can change as you get older. Other factors, such as your general health, age, chronic conditions such as arthritis, the distance you're running and your degree of fitness can also impact your pace. When you are a woman over 40 trying to improve your running pace, increase your speed and distance slowly and try not to compare yourself to other runners. What one person considers a good pace might be unacceptably slow to another runner. Women run around 10 percent slower than men, on average, due to lower testosterone levels and less muscle mass, according to a "Time" article. And both women and men run more slowly as they get older. Muscle strength declines in a linear fashion up to around age 70, when it falls precipitously, especially in running, according to a study in the issue of the "British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The history of the mile run event began in England , where it was used as a distance for gambling races. It survived track and field 's switch to metric distances in the s and retained its popularity, with the chase for the four-minute mile in the s a high point for the race. In spite of the roughly equivalent metres race, the mile run is present in all fields of athletics and it remains the only imperial distance for which the IAAF records an official world record. Although the mile does not feature at any major championship competition, the Wanamaker Mile , Dream Mile , and Bowerman Mile races are among the foremost annual middle-distance races indoors and outdoors, respectively.
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