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Runners/Joggers - typical 5K times?

I am trying to increase my runnng abilities and I am starting with getting a solid 5K time (since I was already running about 2.5-3 miles). Right now I am at 35 min with most of it a jog and about 10 min of faster intervals.

I am just interested in a survey of people's 5K times - not "best race" time but just what you typically run a 5K in.

Wed. Mar 12, 12:26pm

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5K time

I have only done it in the gym so far to train for an upcoming 5K in April but I can do a 37:12 (5MPH on the treadmill) rather easily. I'll be a little winded in the last mile and a half but I am nowhere near maximum exertion.

I am working right now on increasing my endurance and preparing for road-running by increasing the incline. A 3% incline on a treadmill very closely mimics the resistance of a street. Once I can run my 5MPH 5K on a 3% incline, I will start to bump up the mileage. I might even try to do some speed bursts to increase my fast-twitch fibers.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 1:06 PM

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My PR 5k time is 29:30, but normally I run it in 31:15.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 1:44 PM

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If you are asking because you want to participate in a race, look up races in your area and see what times people are finishing at to see where you fit in. That way you can prevent disappointment...not saying this to be cruel, but at 35 minutes, you'll probably produce a race time around 33 minutes, which will most likely have you finishing with a bunch of grannies. If you're not a granny, you might find this embarrassing. Whatever your feelings are on the matter, it's better to be prepared.

Another guildeline...I live in a city where every little race has a turnout of 1,000-10,000 participants. There are banners marking where we should put ourselves in relation to the starting line based on pace. The highest those banners go is "11-minute mile".

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 2:53 PM

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I run a 10-minute mile on the treadmill, so I run 5k in 31:15, as the poster above. I'm running my first outdoor 5k this weekend, so I guess I'll know after that!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 2:59 PM

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this is OP

I have a knee injury that prevents me from getting full extension in my left leg - so I run (and walk) with a limp. The fact that I can run at all makes me happy. My time of 35 min right now is not pushing myself for the first 20 min- basically just jogging (5.5 on treadmill). The last 10-15 min I push myself a little more (5.7-6.2). So I know I could do it faster, I just wanted to get a guage of what people normally run it in - not in a race situation but in a workout situation - to see if I was close to "normal".

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 5:34 PM

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I ran 2 5K last summer, and that was about the time I finished in. Don't let yourself be discouraged by the fact that you won't be finishing with the "runners" I was just so proud of myself for accomplishing it, and while I wasn't last, I was in the back of the pack, but it was a great experience nontheless. I'm sure with more experience and training, I would get my time down, but I am not a distance runner, I just enjoy that kind of exercise once in a while.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 5:40 PM

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OP again - I just ran it at the gym in 31.20 - that was with 1 min walk to start, 15 medium pace for me and the rest pushing. I feel pretty good about it and am going to find a race to start training for.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 9:41 PM

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Hi Op the truth is go good for you, I am an advid runner working on my 8th marathon this year I have run 30 5k's and 15 1/2 marathons and countless 10k's...just be happy with your performance of getting out there. I run a typical 5k during training in about 24 min at race time with all the energy I average a 22.32 at race time
I think it is great you are getting out there. I will warn you that running on a treadmill and the actual outdoors differ in many ways for me I find that the treadmill does some of the work for you so just keep that in mind you are the only momentum on the road not what's beneath you. Also beware not all 5k's are the same, no it's true ..3.1 miles is sometimes mismarked , also take in the terrains and the weather, and of course your nutrition and rest..bottom line every race is different. Good luck and welcome to the club!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 10:49 PM

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Down at the Bronx 5K

Here are some all over the place times posted for a 5K in the Bronx. So just run, man, and finish; don't mind the time. Click and see:

Sunday, November 30, 2008, 2:34 PM

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My average run time is about 29-30 min. I tend to run faster outdoors because the change in music pace speeds me up, or people around me running in a race ups my pace. Best posted time ever: 27:48

Tuesday, December 02, 2008, 1:40 PM

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