Firstly, well done on your first 5k Scott! I ran for around 18 months before I had the guts to enter a race, so good on you!
As for your race pace, you can use your first 5k race as a starting point for that distance. If you fancy trying another race at a different distance, try
to help give a rough guide of what you're capable of.
Remember though, a lot of people are more suited to either long distance or short distance, so this table may be a few minutes out, it'll just give you a starting point.
It depends on what sort of racing, if any, you're thinking of doing if you want to start worrying about different types of paces.
To give you an example, after 3 years of running, I entered my first marathon. In the run up to my first one, I did 1 long slow run, 1x6 mile tempo run and 2x8 miler steady runs a week. All I did was to set aside a day and run each distance as fast as I could. This was then a ball-park figure for me to aim to beat, and to give me an idea of my predicted marathon pace, looking at the chart.
Only after 2 marathons and 12 months later, did I join a running club and start thinking about speedwork, min/mile pace etc. The coach, along with many RW articles gave me lots of advice on what sort of things to aim at. I'd recommend you do both to give you all the information you need.
Posted: 08/08/2007 at 18:21