5 hour 30 marathon pace chart

Running a 5 hour 30 marathon pace will need to run at around 12:36 minutes per mile or 7:49 minutes per kilometer to finish in at just under five and a half hours.

Sub 5 hours 30 is a very achievable goal to aim for but you will still need to put in the hard work as every second will count. We’ve included the splits below in both miles and kilometers as we know most runners have a preference even if the race markers will usually be in miles counting up to that magical 26.2 mile finish distance.

It’s worth noting that if you’re spending over 5 hours running you will normally have a slower pace in the second half of the race, so whilst you can use these marathon pace charts as guidance you’re better off allowing for some variation. 5 hours 30 minutes is a long time to spend on your feet so you may end up taking longer times at water stations etc, so just take all of that into account too.

Pacing in miles

MileSplit
100:12:36
200:25:11
300:37:47
400:50:23
501:02:59
601:15:34
701:28:10
801:40:46
901:53:22
1002:05:57
1102:18:33
1202:31:09
1302:43:44
13.102:45:00
1402:56:20
1503:08:56
1603:21:32
1703:34:07
1803:46:43
1903:59:19
2004:11:55
2104:24:30
2204:37:06
2304:49:42
2405:02:17
2505:14:53
2605:27:29
26.205:30:00

Pacing in km

KMSplit
100:07:49
200:15:38
300:23:28
400:31:17
500:39:06
600:46:55
700:54:44
801:02:34
901:10:23
1001:18:12
1101:26:01
1201:33:50
1301:41:40
1401:49:29
1501:57:18
1602:05:07
1702:12:56
1802:20:45
1902:28:35
2002:36:24
2102:44:13
21.102:45:00
2202:52:02
2302:59:51
2403:07:41
2503:15:30
2603:23:19
2703:31:08
2803:38:57
2903:46:47
3003:54:36
3104:02:25
3204:10:14
3304:18:03
3404:25:53
3504:33:42
3604:41:31
3704:49:20
3804:57:09
3905:04:59
4005:12:48
4105:20:37
4205:28:26
42.205:30:00

Training for a 5 hour 30 marathon

As with all running, you will have to be dedicated and consistent in your training if you want to achieve this time, ensuring you complete your weekly sessions of tempo runs, speed runs and long runs, with the typical marathon training build up of around 12 weeks.

For a five and half hour time you will probably want to focus more on those long runs and understanding how your body and mind cope as it will take a lot of physical and mental effort and strength to complete a marathon.

Tips for completing a marathon

Running a marathon is never easy and if you’re aiming for a time like sub 5 hours then you may encounter some mental challenges as you aim to cross that finish line.

We’ve written ‘10 tips to help you complete a marathon‘ with advice and tips for the mental challenge of pushing on when your brain is telling you to stop.