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Oh, come on


Monday, August 03, 2009

I looked up some articles on improving your 5K time, which were all useless, but I did get this tidbit: apparently you're a "beginner" if your 5K time is twenty-seven minutes. TWENTY-SEVEN MINUTES, PEOPLE. Useless, I tell you.
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RAINMUSIC 8/20/2009 9:17PM

    My 5K time right now is over 44 years.

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AEMILIA 8/6/2009 9:16PM

    Thanks for the tips! I don't expect my 5K time to ever become impressive, but 27 minutes seems like a long-term goal, not something that qualifies you as a beginner!

For me, getting a good time is a reward for getting on the treadmill/going to the race. I'm not worried about beating anyone else (which is good, because I've been smoked by the senior citizens) but it's nice to see my times getting better.

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CBLAKE85 8/6/2009 1:15AM

    Best I could ever pull was a 33 min 5k. Heres what I've learned from running and various exercises. Some people are genetically and physically gifted to be better runners than others. While you may certainly have the will to be the next Prefontaine, body mechanics can hamper a great 5k effort. On the side note, improving the running form can lead to a faster time with less energy used. Believe it or not, a prime example of perfect running form has been Forrest Gump as he runs across the football field. He may look insane but his running gait and stance is optimal for a long haul. Also, a tip i picked up from the Oregon track team when I visited a few years back for a getaway, tuck the pelvis under you as much as you can tolerate and you'll get more leg extension and higher kicks. Turns 3 steps into 2 steps essentially. Hopefully these tips can help you knock out a 27 min 5k or better.

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JAYMURZ 8/3/2009 3:23PM

    Who cares about what some so-called expert says? you just do what you know is right for you to do, and not worry about it!

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