I want to share this workout miles stone I’ve done together with my friend Emily. How long does it take me to jog 2miles?

In the “dreaming, running, jogging to a million points of light” scenario I gave Emily, we start out on the 2-mile jog, one of the easiest workouts. Then I increase the mileage gradually until I can jog a mile in about 2 minutes, then after a few minutes of warming up, we jump straight to a 4-mile jog.

Although I don’t personally want to jog 2 miles without a break, Emily definitely wouldn’t be able to keep up with this workout for more than a few minutes. What’s the point of making the workout so difficult if I can’t even keep her jogging for two minutes?

Actually, this workout might be tough for a non-runner, but in reality, it shouldn’t be. If Emily actually ran a 2-mile race, this workout would probably feel pretty easy, because she’d be racing a point-to-point race. As she loses steam, she’d be jogging 2 miles in 4-minute intervals. Jog 1, jog 2, jog 3, jog 4. As she runs more slowly, jog 1, jog 2, jog 3. In the end, I would still get her a 3-mile race in just over 5 minutes (Jog 1, jog 3, jog 4) with a 300-meter jog.

For people who do more than just jog, it might be a different story. But in my view, this is a pretty realistic 2-mile race, maybe even for a non-runner.

Though this is the “dreaming, jogging, 2 miles-feeling” scenario, I know that Emily actually ran a mile once, after training on a treadmill. She thought it was impossible, but when she finished, she was pretty amazed with her time, which was about 20 seconds faster than she thought she could go.

Mile Run on the Treadmill

In reality, most people run on a treadmill, so I doubt anyone would be able to get a “2-mile” run in just on the treadmill. But as I mentioned, if Emily was actually running a 2-mile race on a treadmill, she would probably have a different expectation. This workout would probably feel a bit easier, because she would have to jog only 20-30 seconds every minute.

Actually, running on a treadmill is easier than jogging, because most people don’t have to deal with hills. So in the end, running is only an extra step on the road, not necessarily an extra mile.