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FLFFHEAD Posts: 20
7/30/12 5:40 P

I will be doing my first 5K in September. I have NEVER been a runner but want to prove to myself that I can run the whole thing. I started really concentrating on running just in the last couple of weeks and so far my time is pretty consistent at 40 minutes. Hopefully by the run in September I can have this at the 30 minute mark. But, whatever, at this point I will not be disappointed with my time as long as I run the whole thing!

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7/30/12 3:41 P

I've been running for a few months now and after doing the Couch to 5k, I can finally call myself a runner. I run a 5k in 41 minutes (I'm 222lbs). I'll tell anyone that I'm not fast but I'm still running! I'm currently running about 4 to 5 miles 3 times a week and I'm so proud of myself. I saw a quote the other day which said, "whether its a 15-minute mile or a 7-minute mile, its still a mile." That's how I like to look at my running. Yeah, one day I'd like to run faster/further but right now, this is what I can do and its far better than what I could do. I'm not in search of perfection; I just want progress.

TKORTE99 Posts: 143
7/30/12 3:02 P

I'm running my first one in September and I'm shooting to be below 40 minutes. Would really be happy with 38, but I'm slow and I know it, so if I can be under 40 I'll be happy!! I'm 38 and weigh 162 - I've lost 20 pounds since Jan 1 and have been running/walking since April.

KURS10B Posts: 5,106
7/30/12 10:47 A

Least year I did my first 5k ever in just over 37 minutes. I timed myself today and it was 41.30. I figured as long as I do it I am a winner. Who cares how fast you go unless you are trying to win a medal.

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7/30/12 5:11 A

the median times in most races are 30 something minutes.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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7/30/12 5:06 A

Allison, don't be nervous at all. Even if you do a little running, it will likely take you less than an hour. :) I WALKED my first 5k, and finished in 50 minutes!

I'll be walking this next one with my mom, who probably won't be able to keep up my pace this time. It's a Susan G. Komen race, though, so all that matters is completion. Not time. In fact, the leaders generally start walking BACK through the course to cheer on those who are walking much slower!

YAK242 Posts: 141
7/30/12 1:45 A

I did my first 5k on St. Patty's this year and I had never really done any sort of running before. I was in group runs for about a month before the race and I had a goal of finishing in under 30 minutes. Ultimately my time was around 28 minutes. Hopefully that gives you some idea!

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7/29/12 9:48 P

I am a fitness/recreational runner who has only recently started to try to work on my speed. It took me a while to "break" 30 minutes, but I've finally done it in a few training runs. My best is now just under 29 minutes. I've signed up for a local race in the hopes that I'll be able to go a little faster due to the excitement and adrenaline of race day... but if I can do at least as well as I've been doing in training lately, it'll be a PR! (The only records I'll ever have much hope of breaking...)

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7/29/12 5:56 P

@ Allison - even if you are the last one across the finish line, everybody will cheer for you as loud as they did the winner. And you will have accomplished something many people never do. Don't be afraid to sign up for a race if that's something you want to do.

I remember being really excited to have finished before the pregnant woman (AND her baby!) at one race. I remember the first time I finished the race and had one or two guys in the group behind me. It's all about little victories!

I plan to run a 10k on Labor Day

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7/29/12 5:30 P

Yikes! It would probably take me over an hour to finish a 5k. And that would be with my best running! This is why I'm so nervous to enter a race. I know I will be the last one.

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7/29/12 5:11 P

I'm a pretty slow runner on 5Ks. Well, I just started doing them at the first of the month. When I do a weekly 5K (on Monday's), I tend to go about 5 mph to 5.2 mph. On days that I do a mile, then I can go faster...5.5 mph to 6.0 mph. I think I'm better at short distance running. I have been slowly increasing the running time. The first week, I'd run for 1 min and walk 4 min. The second week, increase the run time to 2 min and walk 3. Tomorrow, starts the week where I will run for 4 min, and walk 1 min. I will try to anyway. I don't mind being slow right now. I figure I'll get better in time. I guess it just takes time to get better and to run faster.

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7/29/12 10:39 A

When I began running and training for a 5k, the one thing I struggled with most was the concept of "always try to run faster, always try to beat your last time." This is not good training, and it leads to immense frustration and overtraining. How you run on easy days should differ between how you run on hard days as well as how you run on race day. As a beginner, or even as a moderately experienced runner, you should never run two consecutive hard runs. I personally run six days a week, but I never do more than three difficult runs per week (either speed work or long distance), and I typically only do two. It's extremely easy to get caught up in the excitement and overtrain yourself by doing so. Your training pace for easy or long runs should be at least 60 seconds slower than your race pace or fast pace, and it's better to go even more slowly than that than it is to do easy runs at a pace that's too fast to be considered easy. If you are running every workout as if you would be attempting to run on race day, it's a recipe for disaster. I ran a 5k last weekend in 26:25 with a pace of 8:31 minutes/mile, but in every run this week, aside from my speed workout, I have run at a pace of 10:30 minutes/mile or slower. You should finish a race feeling exhausted, as if you gave every single bit of yourself you had to give, but you should finish training weeks feeling strong and ready to step it up one more notch the next week. You can't do that if you kill yourself during every workout.

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7/29/12 8:01 A

it's very relative, and depends on your training.

the last time I ran regularly was 1999. My best 5k time was 35:17. My running partner changed jobs, we lost touch, and I quit running.

about 3 years ago I took a boot camp class. The first class was our PT test. I couldn't even run 1 full lap around the track (3 laps = 1 mile). A lady in the class started running with me. We met a couple times a week outside of class to run. Endurance got better, but I still felt like I was so slow. I mentioned to her that I'd never been able to run a 10 minute mile. She didn't really say anything at the time. We kept running together, and I ran some on my own. My pace gradually improved. But I was at about and 11 minute mile average.

a few months later on one of our regular runs, I could tell she was really pushing the pace. We got to the 1 mile mark, and I looked at my watch 9:58!!! I don't know how she did it, but she got me to one of my goals.

turns out she was on 2 Jamaican Olympic track teams in her younger years. The only reason I can even run with her is that she's at least 10 years older than I am and she was a sprinter/hurdler. She helps me with speed and I work on distance on my own.

my current best 5k time is 30:51. Now my goal is to beat 30 minutes. For the first time in my life, I know it's possible.

more than 10 years older, almost 5 minutes faster 5k time! All thanks to a great running partner. I even have a few 'first in age group' trophies!

what I really love about running is that I only need to compete with myself...and I can do it anywhere. If we are traveling, all I need to do is pack my shoes and running clothes. No other eqpt required.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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7/29/12 7:54 A

I am currently doing interval running which helps with running races. It has shaved 4 minutes so far off my time (I am not a keen runner but need to do it for the half tris I do) now at 33 for 5 KM, with my goal to be 30 min by the end of the summer. I am happy with my time progression as I am just under the 50 yr old banner and this was one of my bucket list items

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7/29/12 1:08 A

Hi Poe,

The great thing about being a beginner runner is improvement is much more so for you than it would be for someone running for many years. The best thing to improve your times is to be consistent with your training while allowing for adequate recovery and in time you will improve.

Coach Nancy

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
7/28/12 10:18 P

Yeah, um, I should probably point out "my running group" is a triathlon training club and they're pretty serious runners! The ladies in my old "social running group" were more around the 35 minute mark, like me now.

Currently I lose every single race by at LEAST 10 minutes between me and the lady in front! That's because I'm entering at a different level now - no social runners, just serious athletes. This is because hubby's in the club as a pretty serious triathlete in training, so I thought rather than stand around and cheer him at races, I would just come along and run! :) So I do, and come last by miles. And everyone still yells "Go Deb!!" when I go past. They're a really great group! :)

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,443
7/28/12 9:26 P

Unident's numbers are a pretty good guide.

40 minutes is a pretty common range for a 1st race.

Running 1-2 times per week, and just getting more experience pacing yourself (quite apart from the fitnes aspect) should get you into the 30 minute range.

Regular running should get you into the 25-30 minute range

20-25 minutes probably requires a little more focus on speed work.

Sub 20 minutes is the domain of the more competitive runner.


UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
7/28/12 8:16 P

What does "good" mean, though? It's very relative!

Five k races are won in 15 minutes. My husband, a pretty good runner, is striving to beat 20 minutes. The ladies in my running group tend to do around 25. My best ever was a few seconds under 30. I'm currently trying to get back down to 35.

For me, right now, my yesterday time of 35:45 was "good", because it's the fastest I've run a 5k in some time. But for hubby - it would be very poor!

Try not to measure up to others. Just to yourself. Beat that 42 ... and then beat that. :)

POE14312 Posts: 30
7/28/12 8:04 P

Good evening,

I recently, this week, began the couch to 5K program. Could someone give me some advice on a good time for completing a 5k? I am 32 and weigh 165. I was a track runner in high school, mostly sprints, and want to get back into running distances. I completed a 5K in February, without any training, in 42 minutes. I was thinking of signing up for one 5K a month for the next several months and making a goal to improve every time.

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