New to running, need to know if I am on right track!

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02/04/2013 at 15:47

Hi all, 

Until recently, I have never done any long distance running, well in fact, no running. I went out for a 5k run with my mates couple of weeks ago and I loved it! I was shattered yes, time was poor and my body went dead for couple of days! But boy was it fun!

Anyway I've got some proper running gear now, I have set myself some targets. I am looking to do 5k three times a week until I feel comfortable for a park run.  

I am 31, male. 

My first ever 5k run was 28.22 and my second was 29.33. I was very surprised with my second run as it felt fast but the time showed otherwise, never mind!  

I know the time is not great but I am hungry to get it down as much as possible! 


Anyone know how long before I should really start seeing a dip in my PB? 

Edited: 02/04/2013 at 15:47
cougie    pirate
02/04/2013 at 16:00
Don't go blasting all of your runs - you'll get injured. Take two of your runs and take them nice and steady - a pace you could chat at. Then if you want to - you can push it on one run a week. If you're racing all of the time your body struggles to adapt and get stronger.

And if you're looking to do parkruns then running over distance will help you with your endurance and you won't fade towards the end.

Well done on getting started !
02/04/2013 at 16:08

Cheers for the advice! I do not really push it on any of the runs  - I get knackered if I do try to push.

I'm hoping as you mentioned with time, I should adapt and get stronger. 

02/04/2013 at 16:19

Parkruns everywhere have runners with times ranging from 16 mins up to late 30s so its as good a place as any to find your feet, you would be fine with 28mins, relax, forget about times and see how you go

02/04/2013 at 16:52

There's a park run happening at my local park every saturday (by I'm looking to enter soon. I just want to get a bit more confident and comfortable with my running. Thanks!

02/04/2013 at 17:00

haha, exactly! I'm hoping to get around 25mins before I enter one.

02/04/2013 at 21:04

Don,t worry about your times, I help my local park run and regularly run the sweeper role, people regularly come in over 40 mins , so you should,nt worry your times are great for a newby 

05/04/2013 at 15:40

I just did a new PB yesterday for my 5k. I managed to do it in 27.12 and felt great afterwards, body seems to be coping well! This time round, I pushed it a bit hard for the first km and then took it easy for the remainder. 

Hopefully my first parkrun is not too far away now! 

05/04/2013 at 22:43

I would honestly go the other way. Start slow and then absolutely blitz the last k or so. It's somehow easier to keep that higher pace going a bit longer when you know the end is soooo close. Well done though. I dipped under 25 for the first time the other day so I know how you must be feeling.

05/04/2013 at 23:25
i do running on my own so i find it difficult to really push in the last km. hopefully when my endurance improves then il look to do short bursts and see how i do.

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