What is a good time to run 5 km in?

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Posted: 10 Sep 2013, 12:31
Right now I'm running 5 kms in 34 minutes, since i've only started running in august i have no idea if this is the type of time to do fun runs with...don't want to look like a complete loser Laughing what's a good way to do it faster?

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Posted: 10 Sep 2013, 14:54
Considering you only started recently that is a very good time. The more you do it, the fitter you will get and your time will get better and better. Good luck and happy running!
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Posted: 10 Sep 2013, 18:48
There is no 'perfect' time for a run. If you are enjoying yourself and pushing to have the best run you can, you are doing the right thing. Be careful not to measure your success against someone else because that is a surefire way to demotivate yourself! A lot of people can't even get the motivation to do a short run, so be proud of yourself for hitting 5k!!!

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Posted: 11 Sep 2013, 06:11
I know people who walk those 5k races - - so you'll be ahead of them!
Your time sounds great to me. Don't push so hard that you injure yourself.
Man who say it cannot be done should not interrupt man doing it.
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Posted: 11 Sep 2013, 23:51
Once you've been running for 6 months or longer, you can start to do speed work and interval training, both of which you can research online before going out there. I've been running now for a year and my 5 k goal is 30 or under. You are doing really great at 34 minutes as a newbie!

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Posted: 12 Sep 2013, 11:04
That's supper fast, I cant remember what my time was on 5k, but I do 10k in 77 minutes
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Posted: 12 Sep 2013, 11:07
First of all, A/S? Most events have breakdowns of times by sex and age grouping. So usually your 5K time all depends on age, level of athleticism, and how long someone has been training. 34 minutes for a newbie, regardless of age, gender, or experience is pretty good! As far as improving your times- There is no way to RACE faster unless you TRAIN faster. Sounds silly, huh? Once or twice a week go to a high school track. Once you are warmed up and stretched out, run the first quarter of the track at a comfortable pace. The next quarter push yourself (without hurting yourself) to a pace that is challenging. If you are healthy and in shape sprinting this section is awesome. Then the next quarter go back to your comfortable pace, the next quarter back sprinting, etc. Don't stop or walk during the slower sections. Do this 3 or 4 laps around if you can. I used to race competitively, and you will be AMAZED at your performance improvements after just a month or so using this training method! Smile If you have more questions feel free to contact me.

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Posted: 12 Sep 2013, 11:25
My first (and only, to date) 5K I ran in 44 minutes. My goal was under 45 and to do it without stopping, so I was happy. I think I would have been a little faster, but the course was SUPER hilly (for West TN), and it slowed me down a lot. I had never run with hills. 34 minutes is amazing! Keep up the hard work!
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Posted: 12 Sep 2013, 12:24
thanks yes definitely no hills for me and it was a good day. but i think i'll enter the kfm gunrun race so that i just get over the first timer nerves. and 21 waynem.

i think it's because everyone sprints at gym that i got a bit uncertain and demotivated.
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Posted: 17 Sep 2013, 18:15
5km in 34 minutes is good for a beginner. As you get fitter and start running more you'll be able to run faster.

My aim is to run a flat 5km in sub 20 minutes, my flat 2.4km used to be 11 minutes

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