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MLAN613 Posts: 18,439
10/7/11 7:58 P

You had a great first time and since it was your first race, you automatically got a PR (personal record). And you finished, which, in my opinion, is the most important thing.

I started running about 2 1/2 years ago because I thought I was joining the Army. That didn't work out but I still run and have completed a couple 5ks, several 10ks, a few 15ks and 10 mile races, and several half marathons. My medal collection os growing and I have developed some great friendships.

My times improved but as of late, they have gotten worse and I think it's because of some mild health issues that I hope to have surgically corrected in the next couple of years.

BLONDIEGRRL Posts: 1,174
10/7/11 2:03 P

I finished my first 5K in 27 minutes, but I'd been running for nearly a year before I tried my first race. It's funny about running ... you either love it or you don't. I can't tell you how many fitness buffs I've talked to who can do these amazing things in the gym -- I'm talking burpees, mountain climbers, really difficult things like that -- who hate running and think of it as some kind of torture. I was never much of a runner growing up; I liked it, but I wasn't very fast and I couldn't run more than a couple of miles. Then I grew up and got fat, and in the process of trying to lose weight and get fit, I discovered that I love running! I ran my first half-marathon last month. My new goal is to run a marathon sometime in the next year.

I'm glad that you love running, too. Good luck to you in all your races. I know you'll do great!

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10/7/11 1:31 P

I started C25K in July (yep, one minute run, two minute walk!) . The fastest that I ran a 5K on the track was 39 minutes. My first 5K race was in September. I had two goals... 1) running the whole distance without stopping and 2) finishing in under 40 minutes if possible.

Problem was I had only trained on treadmill and track, which I figured would be alright because it had been advertised as a flat course. The race had some unexpected hills and a detour around a flooded section of the path which impacted my time.

Also, unless it is a chip timed race, the clock starts when the first folks cross the starting line. Knowing that I would be one of the slower runners since this was my first race, I stayed toward the back of the pack, so the distance to the starting line added some time to my run.

I met goal one. I ran the whole distance, hills and all, but I didn't reach my goal time. My official time was 43:20, but my stop watch (which I hit when I crossed the starting line) clocked in at 42:40. I was totally satisfied with that.

My next 5K race is in early November on a course with hills, but I am training on the course, so I am hopeful that I can work on that under 40 minute goal this time. I find that I am faster when I walk and run, rather than continually running, so I am debating whether to go for time or endurance this time. I still have a little time to decide.

Best of luck to you!

HEYBUTT Posts: 769
10/7/11 12:12 P

I started a C25K program around June (I had a strong walking base before I started it). At the end of September I ran my first 5K with a time of 30.31 (which was right on track with what I expected to run since I had trained for a month at a 3.1 distance).

I'm like you and enjoy the competitive side of running, being able to easily time my distances (something you can't really do with most other exercises) makes me want to work harder to improve.

Now that I've checked 5K off my list I'm going to up my distance (slowly, in a C25K fashion) so I can aim for a 10K. I'd like to do one of those in 60 minutes (or less--dare I dream).

CRISPY20 Posts: 342
10/7/11 11:38 A

If you are used to running one mile, I'd work up more slowly to a 5 k. Couch to 5k is a great program and will help build your endurance. I agree with the others who say that you should worry about endurance now (adding distance) and the speed will come later.

I started running about 9 years ago, using couch to 5k. I ran many 5k races over a few years. Then I decided to move up to 10k, did that for a few years. I decided that 2011 was going to be my half marathon year. I did my first in June, and am doing another next weekend. I am not a fast runner. I have never broken 30 minutes for a 5k. I've come close a few times. I'm sure I'll do it one of these days, my goal is to improve my time with each race. Don't compare yourself to others, just keep on getting out there and doing a little more and a little better each time.

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10/7/11 10:54 A

My first 5K was 7-4-2010 and I finished in 44:47 since then I have run 5 and 10K's The Gate River Run (15K) and I have my first 1/2 Marathon in December.

I use the run / walk method and although I haven't got much faster my endurance has increased emoticon

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10/7/11 10:48 A

Thanks for your concern, everyone. :)

I don't run everyday though I'd like to run more often. I get to the gym 4 days a week if I'm lucky and consistent. Otherwise I usually only get to run 2, maybe 3 days a week. I also only ever run for a mile, and then go do other machines for the rest of the workout. The 5k was a recent thing I thought I'd try out and yesterday was my first attempt. I definitely don't plan on running more than that at a time for a while. I was spent by the end of it! :)

Right now, trying to beat my time in my 1mile is what's been motivating me to run.

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10/7/11 10:23 A

Hi Trig-

I started walking in December 2009 after having sat on my duff for 10 years (I jogged for exercise in the mid-1990's but basically put fitness on the backburner when I started my new job and started raising our family w/ my wife- she always to her credit kept working out). I power walked all through 2010, adding outside hills and then treadmill inclines to a 4+ mph pace.

2011's new year resolution was a 5k race, so I ramped up my treadmill incline and built myself up- as soon as the weather broke for the better in April I started jogging outside. I built myself up to do my first 5k in July, and ran nearly the entire race, finishing at what was a very surprising time of 32:20 (nearly 3 minutes better than my prior "best").

I did 2 more 5k's this September, and scored a 29:37 in 1 of them, which was VERY exciting to me.

I think what is a "good time" is a personal thing- in my case, I'd started jogging after a year plus of building up to it, and had basically reached my goal weight before I even started jogging, so jogging has been vital to my maintenance program and being a competitive type person, I like having a goal of a race to motivate me!

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10/7/11 10:11 A

I started running in June of this year. I worked my way up slowly at first and was doing fine. Recently I over did it(little over 5 miles) and hurt my foot......So don't increase your speed and distance too soon or you won't be able to run at all for a while.

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10/7/11 9:00 A


As a new runner, try not to get to hung up on your time. The more you run (distance and time-wise--we're talking weeks and months) the faster you will get as your body adapts to the sport. I will also add that while you may love running (which I totally understand), make sure you allow a day off between runs so that your body can adapt to the stress. As a new runner, running daily can lead to a lack of progress and an increase in injury.

Coach Nancy

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
10/7/11 8:34 A

I started running 5 years ago and just began with running for a few minutes and then walking the remainder of the hour; I started out at a 12 minute mile. Eventually I was running several 12 minute miles and when that started to feel easier, I'd increase my speed and start the same process over again. I do a lot of interval stuff so then my speed varies, but I never run below a 10 minute mile now, whether I'm doing 3 or 5 miles. I tried to be running about 3-5 miles before I increased my speed, but I think it's pretty typical that a person can run a much faster single mile than multiple miles. 43:52 averages out to be a 14 minute mile, which isn't ad if you've only been running 2 months here. Way To Go!!

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10/7/11 3:02 A

Hi everyone! I'm new. :)

I started dieting and exercising seriously in August. I lost 9 pounds the first month, and I slacked off until now and only lost an additional 4 so far for this month. I'm not a huge fan of the gym but I find I do look forward to running. Which was a shock to me because for as long as I can remember I've always hated running. I always came in last in gym class for the mile run. My first day I did a mile in 15:30. Now, my fastest time is 11:43! Every time I ran, I got a little faster, and that alone has motivated me to keep running. Now I find myself wanting to go running and I'm so happy!

Today I thought I'd try running my first 5k. I managed to do it in 43:52. I'm wondering if this is a good time, or an average time. I plan to run my regular miles for another week, and try the 5k again.

Would anyone be willing to share their running experience/story? :)

Edited by: TRIGMIL720 at: 10/7/2011 (03:07)
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