5k times for slow beginner


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29/02/2004 at 19:25
Can anybody give me an idea what a half-decent 5k time for a beginner is? I've seen another thread about good times but people responded with race-winning times. I just want to know I'm not completely useless!
29/02/2004 at 19:26
im a slow plodder
my best time is 29.47
that should make you feel better
29/02/2004 at 19:27
Even slower plodder. 45 mins. I'll get me coat....
29/02/2004 at 19:38
is there such a thing as a "good time" for a beginner?

surely there can only be a good time for you?

people start running from such different backgrounds. some are already fit, thin and scarily fast - normally because they are already very competitive in another sport.

others start unable to run more than 100 metres or so.

some smoke, some don't, some are overweight, some aren't.

if i were you i'd go and do your first 5k and not worry about whether its "good" or not. by running 5k its already better than the vast majority of the population!

you should have some idea from training what time you might expect to run? (ie do you train at 8 min miles or 15 min miles?)

make sure the race you are going to start in has some other people of the same standard and go for it

and GOOD LUCK!!!!!

29/02/2004 at 19:42
hear hear M
29/02/2004 at 19:43
Yes!! I go t a good time!!

>>cartwheels round thread<<
29/02/2004 at 21:48
my 5k at r4l last year was about 33 mins if i remember correctly?

remember weather conditions, race conditions, how you feel on the day etc all play a part in how you race.
01/03/2004 at 10:54
Do any of you run-walk on those times? Is it normal (or frowned upon by the better runners) if you keep stopping every few minutes?
01/03/2004 at 11:12
i walked a bit in my first race (also r4l - and also about 33 mins!)

since then i've improved to most recently just over 26 mins. people wont mind you run walking so long as you start towards the back and don't get in anyones way. and its no different from us slower runners. i always start virtually right at the back - otherwise you only get trampled in the first few seconds anyway!!!
01/03/2004 at 11:20
first 5k with walking a couple of times 40 mins

Then a 35 mins but still with a bit of walking

I'm 38 and 3 stone overweight btw but am quite pleased with progress so far as I've only been plodding for 7 months

No pressure Dave, just enjoy it! :o)
01/03/2004 at 11:22
I run walk a lot, but tell myself to run the first 2 miles at least. That way, I convince myself that i have run more than I have walked. I am 2 stone overweight.

It depends on how you feel that day though.
01/03/2004 at 11:25
ok - run/walk race for life 2002 = 43 mins
run/walk race for life 2003 = 38 mins
Brum 5k = 33 mins

Any of those suit you?

My mum completed her 5k in 48 mins.

anytime is a good time.

I work on the principle "how long would it take me to walk it?" If I come out quicker than that time (in my case 1 hour) i'm happy.

remember it's about your personal bests and no-one elses
01/03/2004 at 11:32
I'm a 26 year old male, with no history of long distance running, but was always physically able in my school/college days. I'm the usual story of putting on an extra 4/5 stone that I could do without. I rate my self as a beginner, only running for 6 months.

I've recently clocked a 23:30 at 5k, which I regard as a pretty decent time for someone with my history. But, if you're not a big bloater like me, or you've been doing other sports so you've got a good level of fitness, then you might be quicker. But at the same time, if you're 30 yrs older than me, or heavier, it could be slower. As M said, it all depends.

01/03/2004 at 11:37
Basically, I'm an overweight 29yr old, I have really just started and not been doing too well lately, very disheartening, but I cover 5k of ground on my little run/walk starter schedule, and it seems to take me just under 30mins to complete.

I'm doing 8 reps of 2min run 90sec walk. It just seems too slow for me (in my mind) to be able to go for a "real" 5k, I can't even run a full 1km non-stop yet (but getting there)?

01/03/2004 at 17:16
Looks like I'm heading for about 30 min for my first 5k which i suppose isn't bad for a 26 y/o beginner.

By the way how much should i spend on a stopwatch (I'm thinking cheap end of the scale!)
01/03/2004 at 17:31
I've got a Timex Ironman Triathlon Flix 100 Lap for £39.99. Does everything I need and more. The best feature for me is the Flix, ie quick flick of the wrist and the indiglo light comes on, so no fiddling around for buttons.
01/03/2004 at 17:33
and thats just over 9:30 min/miles, which is great for a beginner. As others have said, its only good relative to how well you think you have done. Thats why once you start racing, the PB bug will hit you.
02/03/2004 at 10:11
I did my first 5k on sunday in derby and got round in 25.20 and felt like i could have gone round again at the end (bizarre yet true...). I'm 23, a stone or so over ideal weight and only been running since january so it is obviously very individual!

Just go run and see how you do! Thats all i did. I think wanting to do well powers you on though.

Good luck!!

H x
Dustboy    pirate
02/03/2004 at 12:05
Doing my first race ever tomorrow, 5K so wish me luck but my last time over 5K was 30.59.
02/03/2004 at 12:13
Go for it dustboy, post yer time when yer done :o)
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