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Old 04-17-2008, 09:20 AM   #8
Jacob McBride
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Re: 400m time guidelines

Senior year of high school I ran a 53.5. By next Fall I need to be running 50 or lower. A male athlete that is untrained should be able to put in a 400 in less than 70 - 80 seconds. I guess an older male athlete would be around 2 minutes, but that's what I run an 800 in.

From a track athlete's perspective:

Elite < 45
Advanced < 50
Decent < 56
Poor <\ 70
Untrained > 70

<\ being less than or equal to

If running isn't something you're good at in any way, don't feel bad about a 2 minute 400, but if you can run well and you consider yourself to be an athlete, then you should be sure to maintain a 400m that's under 60 - 65 seconds.
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