When using the idiomatic phrase "running late", can you add time afterwards? e.g. "I'm runnng late for 5min."

Or is it fixed as just "running late."?

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    I am 5 minutes late. – user5267 Oct 21 '16 at 6:46
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    Or I am running 5 minutes late – k1eran Oct 21 '16 at 6:49
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    Or I am late by 5 minutes. – deadrat Oct 21 '16 at 7:07

In American English, the idiomatic wording of your sentence when including the time is:

I'm running 5 minutes late.

Note that most style guides suggest spelling out numbers less than ten, thus:

I'm running five minutes late.

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