I am a 15 year old boy ,170lbs and have just decided to give the 1500 metres a go.For my first go i recorded around 9mins which i understand is quite slow.I had decided to take it up seeing as i have 6 weeks holidays. I know that it will take longer than this to reach a decent time and regard this 6 weeks to be a starting point seeing as i have a bit more time on my hands. Anyway i was just wondering what time i would be able to achieve in the future,how long it would take and if anyone had any tips for reaching this?
Alex - firstly, good on you for giving it a go and I hope, above all, you enjoy it. Interesting choice of distance. What made you decide on 1500 metres?
Times should be secondary. Improvement will depend on a number of factors; your base point such as whether you are currently fit, have any running or other sport experience and other things like what training regime you adopt.
The most important thing, if you are a beginner, is to build up slowly. It is very easy to get injured or do permanent damage if you overtrain or run too far too soon. Most people would opt for a c25k programme, which is designed to build up speed and endurance in an appropriate way.
As for times, training regime and natural ability will play a big part. It is almost impossible to predict what you might achieve in the future. Just keep at it, enjoy it, stay injury free and you can ultimately reach the limit of your own physical capability. What is a decent time? It's basically a time that you're happy with! Good luck.
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