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DIONNE1972 Posts: 1,040
4/7/13 8:24 A

congrtulations on your first 5 K. i did my first 10K yesterday. It was pretty good, my and 32,000 of my closest friends all tackled the Cooper river Bridge Run in Charleston, SC.

HPSANDDOLLAR Posts: 521
4/7/13 8:20 A

Virtual 5 k

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4/7/13 8:15 A

Yea I thought of that too....it's hard enough when I try to map my run and play around with it to get a 5k course....It makes sense that they would map it out to be a bit too long rather than being a bit too short. As I continue running I think I'm going to try to map out at least a 6k and have some room for error.

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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,979
4/6/13 10:37 P

I have found some smaller races (and even a HUGE one here in Auckland, 75000 people) tend to be a little long. Especially loop courses, because they can't just move a street to make the course 5k.

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4/6/13 9:22 P

Congrats! That is so exciting.

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4/6/13 8:30 P

Congrats on your first 5k! I always end up running a bit more than a race's official distance, both because I don't "run the tangents" and I do a lot of weaving around people. For the poster who asked, a course's distance is determined by the shortest possible route to run it. For example, when the course curves, the inside of the curve is a shorter distance than the outside. So, running the tangents basically means to stick to those shorter distances and not ever end up on the outside part of a curve.

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
4/6/13 8:18 P

Congratulations on your first 5K - and a great time, too. I hope you enjoyed it!

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4/6/13 6:59 P

Sorry this probably sounds really stupid, this was my first race...what do you guys mean when you say to run the tangents?

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4/6/13 6:58 P

Yea....this was a school sponsored "fun run" so I don't know how accurate it was but I don't care, I had so much fun and hope to do it again soon!!!

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SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,228
4/6/13 2:08 P

I agree with the just PP. If the course was certified, most likely it's that you weren't running it as tightly as you could. The course is not measured like a person would normally run; it's based on shortest distances/tangents. More detailed description at - hamptonhalf.com/hamptonhalf-GPS.html

And congrats on the first 5K! I did my first in 33 minutes, and now my 5K PR (2 years later) is 27:39, so I have no doubt that if you keep training you will break 30 in time!

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SPOORK Posts: 1,193
4/6/13 2:07 P

GPS watches can be inaccurate. I'd go by the stated race distance.

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4/6/13 1:04 P

You'll have better luck with accuracy if you find a USATF certified course and make sure you run the tangents.

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PCOLAGATOR Posts: 298
4/6/13 12:49 P

A 5k is 3.1 miles so it's really not much over. 3.45 miles should be about 5.6 km

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4/6/13 12:38 P

Ok so I did my first 5k today and I had a friend who was with me with a measurement device on her armband. When it was all said and done she said it was actually 3.45 miles....so that's more than 5k! How many kilometers would that be?

Anyway, I did it in 33 minutes so I'm really excited about that! I was disappointed because I wanted to break 30 minutes but when I found out it was actually a bit more, I guess I'm ok with that

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