What is a good/average time for a 3K, 5K and 10K?

61 to 80 of 85 messages
02/10/2012 at 21:46

I have just joined Runners World community, and as a relatively new runner was curious to know how I faired in terms of timings etc.  I have been running for just two years, I am female, age 56, and started off running on a treadmill in my garage gradually building it up to 5k runs on the road (and four stones lighter as a result).  Tonight I managed to run my first 10K after work in the rain in 58.04 mins, which I am very pleased with.  I too am happy just trying to be better than the 'average person in the street'.  I have a baseline now from which to keep trying to get a bit quicker and better.  The sense of well being and achievement I get from running and coming to the sport relatively late in life,  is everything to me;  I never thought I could feel so alive and vital and I am looking forward to many more years of running ahead.  I do, of course, worry about injury, like everybody else I guess, as I am also a keen fell walker and would not want to jeopardise enjoying this. 

02/10/2012 at 23:10

Well done janet that is a great time, i know some younger people who couldnt run that,. i take my hat off to you, Like you i have only been running just over two years and im 48, i have now completed 3 marathons and 3 half marathons, im off to valencia in november to do a full marathon, keep up the good work and you will feel so much better for it, once again Well done.

03/10/2012 at 08:40

I know what a good time is for a certain distance for me, just by feel. If it's quicker that I last ran it and I know I gave it everything to get that time and I prepared as well as my I feasibly could, then that's a good time.

I'm still trying to crack a 2h half. That's not a quick time by general standards but, having run three of them in just over 2hrs, I will be over the moon if I manage it, and will consider it a bloody brilliant time. That's not to say I think it would be a particularly difficult thing for many people to do and it's definitely doable for me if I put in the training, just that my goals are to keep improving and get fitter, so any time that reflects that is a good one.

03/10/2012 at 08:50

Surely one good tool for deciding what a good time is, is the Age Grading system..  There are several tools out there, but why not look at the Runner's World one.. here

 http://www.runnersworld.com/cda/agegradingcalculator/0,7977,s6-238-277-415-0,00.html

This allows you to input your gender and race distance/times, and it gives that performance a percentage rating...  100%= World Class...  70% Regional Class  60% = Local Class....  with other scores inbetween.

For example, Janet, post #61...  with a 10K time of 00:58:04  for a 56yr old women. That scores 64.6%, which is excellent for someone who's only been running for a short time, and achieved all that weight loss. I think the time would already mark you her out as a pretty decent club runner. 

So to answer the question from the OP - I say that you can input your achieved times for 3K, 5K and 10K - and maybe also some 'target' times, and play around with it, to get a sense of average/good times.

03/10/2012 at 09:00

This thread is a mere 7 years old.

But reading back, it's quite funny how many people have ignored that the question of "good/average" time came from a female newbie, and instead have answered their own question, of what's a  good time for a hard training, male club runner between 18-40.

2 entirely different questions.

03/10/2012 at 11:31

Thanks Run Wales that's really good to know, and I will have a look at the Age Grading System you suggest. 

03/10/2012 at 12:38
Stevie G . wrote (see)

But reading back, it's quite funny how many people have ignored that the question of "good/average" time came from a female newbie, and instead have answered their own question, of what's a  good time for a hard training, male club runner between 18-40.

Being 41 I resent the inference here, Stevie!  

03/10/2012 at 13:52

Simply the age of a "senior male" rather than Vet Ratzy.

I should have put 18-39 in fairness.

18/07/2014 at 14:59

I have recently started running approx 3 weeks now.  I have entered to do a 3k park run to give me a baseline Goal with a view of working on my endurance etc...  I am a complete beginner and was wondering is completing the run within 40mins to start with okay for my age 46.   I'm not worried about what others are doing it a personal achievement and something I am currently enjoying.  Any thoughts welcome. Ali

18/07/2014 at 15:00

Please excuse typos

18/07/2014 at 16:28

It's a bit "how long is a piece of string" Ali.  I am 46 too, and am on the comeback trail following 5 years off running having kids.  Looking back to 3 weeks into my comeback, I was running approx. 39 mins for 3 miles, (I'm assuming you meant 3 miles/5k as that's the standard parkrun distance).  My time is now around 32 mins (after a patchy year and a half training).

A quick look at a couple of parkrun results show times from 16 minutes up to 50 minutes.

So all in all, 40 mins sounds like a reasonable target, and as you say, gives a benchmark for your future improvement.

 

18/07/2014 at 18:50

I thought the real answer to for any runner is....

Good time? Anyone racing faster than yourself.

And anyone slower can get to where you are.

05/04/2015 at 19:24
I did my first park run with 42 Mins, I enjoyed very much.
24/04/2015 at 00:50

I'm probably a martial artist primarily, seeing as that was my first and most constant activity in my life, but I've played football and rugby every year since I was 16 (29 now). I find running at speed isn't my passion or exceptional talent, I'm pure stamina and bursts of explosive speed at certain times. Consequently, in recent times using a treadmill (never liked them previously, big hurdle out of necessity), I find my speed isn't particularly great, by comparison to others. I can run 5k in 30 minutes, no problems, and I can run upwards of 10k easily, BUT, I generally stop timing it because it's a lot more fun just to slow-burn it and run til I feel like collapsing, I feel like the timer actually stops me running as far as I can without it. Massive endorphin high after you run like that, by the way, in case you didn't know.

Go figure, all I wanted to add was that running for anyone but yourself is a complete waste of time. I don't care what the "expected time" is, I do it because it's a good workout, my body feels great during and afterwards, and when I run any kind of competitive event, it's only ever for charity, I enter kickboxing tournaments, train and play field sports to slake my competitive streak. If you haven't trained much as a runner through the years you probably aren't going to be great at it, but is running all that there is? There are far more exciting and competitive sports out there, and if running competitively isn't doing it for you or your times aren't great, just use it to get fit and join a martial arts gym or get into 5 a side football or 7s/ tag rugby.

As for times, I think 40-45 minutes for a 5k is good for a beginner. 10k is a heck of a leap forward, go for 1 hour and 30 and take it from there. The most important thing is to be motivated, stay motivated, and set goals you can ACTUALLY achieve. Running and fitness in general should be about longevity, so set your goal close to the times you achieve in training, don't just check on a forum and prescribe it to yourself.

25/04/2015 at 02:49
45 mins for a 5k?! You're taking the piss aren't you? That's a brisk walk to most people.
25/04/2015 at 09:24
It is an old thread. No point throwing out alcohols fuelled insults. Just chill.
26/04/2015 at 15:36

JackHarris87 wrote (see)

45 mins for a 5k?! You're taking the piss aren't you? That's a brisk walk to most people.

 

And it's attitudes like that which make a lot of us too scared to join in.

 

26/04/2015 at 22:56
Welcome aboard ally. Ignore the trolls and you'll be ok.
26/04/2015 at 23:45

The point at which a brisk walk becomes a slow jog is certainly an emotive subject.

27/04/2015 at 09:47
Allybongo wrote (see)

JackHarris87 wrote (see)

45 mins for a 5k?! You're taking the piss aren't you? That's a brisk walk to most people.

 

And it's attitudes like that which make a lot of us too scared to join in.

 

dont be too scared to join in...but just understand that this sort of time is below average.  which is what this thread is about.    no problem...i expect anyone completing 5k in about 15 minute miling would understand they are a below average runner.     no one is saying dont run or trying to demotivate you/or others with similar times.

61 to 80 of 85 messages
Previously bookmarked threads are now visible in "Followed Threads". You can also manage notifications on these threads from the "Forum Settings" section of your profile settings page to prevent being sent an email when a reply is made.
Forum Jump  

RW competitions

RW Forums