The 'Is my time any good?' forums

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16/10/2013 at 14:01

e.g. I started running 6 months ago and did my first half marathon last weekend in 1 hour 10 minutes. Can anyone tell me if this is any good? What can I do to improve? What's everybody else's best times?

Such a bore. Can we have these outlawed, somehow? You can tell when someone generally wants advice and when someone pretends to be modest while 'accidentally' throwing in their race time they are desperate to tell people they have never met before.....

16/10/2013 at 14:35

I think the mods have enough trouble dealing with the spam.

I'm all for free speech myself - make ridiculous claims if you like but be prepared to take the flak!

16/10/2013 at 14:49

Don't let your run time put you off, just stick with it and you will see your times come down, you've only been at it 6 months

seren nos    pirate
16/10/2013 at 14:50

There are a number of threads i wish i had the power to pull.........but i think I'm resticted to passports ,free sports tv and escorts......

16/10/2013 at 14:51

take no notice of the screaming witch above and join a running club, I'm sure you have talent

I'm not a witch, I'm a vampire.

16/10/2013 at 14:54

i was thinking exactly the same whilst doing a recover run from my sub 15min 5k from the weekend.  im 65 yrs old but have no idea if 14.55 is good for age.   i am looking to buy some proper running shoes, probably red ones as my plimsoles are wearing through a bit. 

seren nos    pirate
16/10/2013 at 14:56

I think you should change what you are doing Dean and retrain the forefront will run so much faster and never have an injury ever again.........even protects you from the 49 bus

16/10/2013 at 15:01

The thing is with the question of, is 1 hour 10 min good for a half marathon is you would no it's good as you would been pretty far up the field and probably crossing the finishing line with a lot of people behind you, so it answers is's self.

16/10/2013 at 15:05

jus - but I may be superior to them behind me, both athletically and by virtue that I wear a flashier t-shirt, so can we please analyse whether really, my 1 hour 10 is that good.

I ran 10k in under 35 minutes the other day so it just doesnt tie in....

16/10/2013 at 15:09

That's a fairly good time for a beginner. How do you attach your number, I find using n normal safety pins leaves holes in my t-shirt. 

seren nos    pirate
16/10/2013 at 15:12

but Tim its ok as long as you scrunched your number up first.......

Nine Duece.did you scrunch your number up before pinning it on as this on its own can save you 4 minutes off your time......

running in unwashed clothes saves you another 3 mins........

16/10/2013 at 15:16

also you get a faster time if you stop when your garmin says 13.1m.   because thats a half marathon and most courses are long....dont be fooled into geting a slower time because lazy incompetant race directors havent measured the course correctly.  So your 1.10 is probably more like 1.08.

16/10/2013 at 15:21

Apart from the London Half Marathon which is the only proper half marathon as it's longer than all the other half marathons at 26.2 miles. 

16/10/2013 at 15:48

It's two half marathons placed end to end.

16/10/2013 at 15:51

It also depends on whether you ran the 1h10 with an ipod. If so then it perhaps is only really worth a 1h12.

16/10/2013 at 17:14

It's even faster if you ran it as a pikermi instead of a half.

16/10/2013 at 17:32

Your probally not taking enough rest thats why your time is so average .

16/10/2013 at 17:41

I don't think 1 minute 10 for a pikermi is average at all.

16/10/2013 at 18:51

nothing wrong with the is my time any good brigade to a point. Everyone who races is curious at some stage.

It's the ones who overhype their ability who are the worst, in a sport that is pretty much completely black and white unlike say a team sport where you have tonnes of attributes.

16/10/2013 at 20:59
I went for my first ever run this morning from Kensington. By lunchtime I was in Port Talbot. I thought it best to turn around to be back in plenty of time to pick the kids up. Is this good? I'm sure I could have gone faster if my penis wasn't so damn big.
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