Am I being realistic
I am hoping to run a 5k in around 26 minutes. I am 5' 2" and would say that I'm in the lower end of "fit" ... ie I go to the gym regularly but wouldn't say I was fit. I ran a 5k last year in 34' 52" and am hoping to get to around 26 minutes. I am going to be 50 later this year. Is my target realistic? If so, can you recommend a programme for improvement. Most of the free download training plans aim to get you around a 5k with some walking - and I really want to try for 26 minutes.
Suggestions/advice gratefully accepted.
The lady who came first for the age group in the same race last year ran it in 27 minutes ... so I would like to aim to win my age group. I can exercise six times a week. Last time I had been running on a treadmill and had managed 5k in about 40 minutes and then I joined a group about two months before the run. I currently weigh 7st 10lbs (it is just after Christmas!) but normally around 7st 7lbs. I ski, do weights and walk. Injury ... hmmm ... I have pain in my knees but apart from that I'm fine! I guess I'm just wondering whether it would be possible or if I'd have to be Paula Radcliffe to get that sort of time. I'm happy to train and do my best on the day and if it was a little more than 26 mins that would be okay. Being so new to running I just want to get an idea whether it would be possible or whether I would just be wating my time! Thanks for your help.
Thank you for your advice.
best way is to get to a park run if possible........
how long until the race/.if you build up slowly and keep training sensibly you should be able to do it,.......
is it a flat race.....
26 isn't that fast for a 5k.....loads of women do that at park runs.....
My first one is at the end of April ... then another one in July. My ultimate race that I want to run in 26 min is in early December, so I have plenty of time to train. It is a flat race - but in temperatures of around 25 deg C. I've had a look for a local park run but unfortunately then nearest is about 20 miles from me.
Thanks everyone for all of your help. Certainly makes being a clueless beginner easier and it's encouraging to get such sound feedback.
Our parkrun course record for womens 50-54 is 19:06 so you wouldn't be first in age group with 26min!
On a positive note though my sister in law who is 56 does about 24 mins and isn't a serious runner, she runs to keep fit but only does parkrun, she isn't in a club and doesn't enter races, so 26 mins isn't unreasonable.
As well as training at 5k try running a shorter distances eg 4x1k at 26 minute pace so that you learn what it's like, there's a big difference between 35 min and 26 min pace, intervals help a lots and it's difficult to just run the full 5k and try to be faster. Ultimately you need to be doing 4x1 at faster than 26min pace.
Gym is fine but you also need to do proper running outside!
Even though it's 20 miles to a parkrun I'd say go and do it occasionally to find out if you are close to your target pace, have a look on their facebook page and see if anyone else goes from where you live so you can carshare. Also, there are new ones starting all the time so it might have been 20 miles last time you looked but there might be a new one so keep checking.
Hi. I'd say 26 minutes is quite a challenge for you. I'm 50, fairly fit, but not a serious runner. I can do it in around 24 minutes. Funnily enough I can do 10k in around 44 mins. I find 5k too short to really get warmed up.
Anyway, good luck, and let us know how you get on.
To add, I find a heart rate monitor really useful. You can see how hard you are pushing yourself.
Paul, don't you warm up before you do the 5k?
26 is a decent time good luck.
Never warm up, just run.
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