9 thoughts on “400m”

  1. My advice would be try not to go as fast as you can at the start but build up your pace taking long strides to your maximum at about 200 metres and then try and hang on, pumping your arms and legs as hard as you can through the pain.

    Naenae College 5th form 400m record holder a loooooong time ago.

  2. I’ve always found the 400m interesting. You see the top runners go around in 45 seconds and assume an average runner should be able to do it in mid to high 50’s. But if you ever time yourself that is easier said than done. I think the average park jogger would struggle to break 1:10.

  3. Hmm. I don’t think I’ll be doing a 40km warmup for my 400 metre trial. I’m guessing I’ll be there in a solid 2 minutes.

  4. I’ve never had a 400m timed but I’d like to imagine that I’d be between 60 and 70 seconds at my current level of fitness. (Not bad but not great; winter sucks.)

    It’s quite amazing really that Olympic athletes can put 20 seconds on casual-but-decent runners over such a short distance.

    I’d definitely like to get to a track some time to get some proper times for 100, 200 and 400 metre sprints. Physical performance analysis and improvement fascinate me, although I must admit I’m guilty of taking a pretty casual approach to it most of the time.

  5. When I was training for a marathon (some years and a few kilos ago) I did 400m intervals once a week. Now I’m not especially fast, but I’m not a snail. I was going hard out for that 400m, and I was doing it in just under 2 minutes.

    Those Olympic runners are pretty much not the same species as us. My hat is off to them.

  6. I’ve been thinking about this some more this evening and did some quick math to figure out how fast on average you need to run to make various times. As follows, from 40 seconds up to 2 minutes:

    40 seconds: 36km/h
    45 seconds: 32km/h
    50 seconds: 28.8km/h
    55 seconds: 26.18km/h
    60 seconds: 24km/h
    65 seconds: 22.15km/h
    70 seconds: 20.57km/h
    75 seconds: 19.2km/h
    80 seconds: 18km/h
    85 seconds: 16.94km/h
    90 seconds: 16km/h
    95 seconds: 15.16km/h
    100 seconds: 14.4km/h
    105 seconds: 13.71km/h
    110 seconds: 13.09km/h
    115 seconds: 12.52km/h
    120 seconds: 12km/h

    First of all, 36km/h is a stupidly fast pace to maintain over 400 metres. That is simply incredible. I can’t even comprehend reaching that speed at peak, let alone maintaining it.

    Secondly, seeing the average speeds beside the times suddenly makes it a lot more daunting, doesn’t it? Makes me think I’d be dreaming to get anywhere near a minute, and would more likely be around 75-80 seconds in my current shape. It’s a bit depressing really!

  7. At the absolute *peak* of my athletic ability I could do 400m in a touch under a minute. This was when I was doing some pretty intensive training at least 3 or 4 times a week (for basketball), which included a fair bit of speed work.

    Anyone who can do a <55 sec 400m has my complete admiration.

  8. ive just turned 14 my 400m pbs is 52 seconds hoping to lower that to 50 by the end of the year. 400m is a tough race and without training most people will struggle to break a minute

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