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What is a good 5K time?


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I started running a few months ago and am really enjoying it. This past weekend I registered to run the 5K race in the YMCA Dallas Turkey Trot in downtown Dallas on Thanksgiving morning (Thursday Nov 26th). I went to mapmyrun.com and mapped out a 5K route around my house and ran it this morning and finished it in about 31 minutes. What is a decent, respectable time I should shoot for when running a 5K? Thanks.

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Running is a personal thing and highly variable as to what would be a "good" time. Unless we know what your age, weight, sex and physical background is there is no way of really saying. 31 mins in a 5K is 6MPH and respectable for a beginner. If you want to improve try shaving off a minute or two a month and see how it goes, but the most important thing to me for running is your first line where you said you really enjoy it.

Have fun and keep it up and you will improve.

when you finish and you feel like you've worked as hard as you could

Most people prefer to compare their finish times to others of their same gender and similar age. The majority of races will break the times down this way for that very reason, and will even post the results of previous years races for people to compare. Since it looks like this is the first year the Dallas Turkey Trot is having a 5k, I didn't see previous years results posted. However, 31 minutes for a 5k is a good time, no matter what your age. If you are worried about finishing last, I can assure you that at 31 minutes you will be no where near the back.

Original Post by dabrock:

Running is a personal thing and highly variable as to what would be a "good" time. Unless we know what your age, weight, sex and physical background is there is no way of really saying. 31 mins in a 5K is 6MPH and respectable for a beginner. If you want to improve try shaving off a minute or two a month and see how it goes, but the most important thing to me for running is your first line where you said you really enjoy it.

Have fun and keep it up and you will improve.

 A little background on me: I am male, 37 yr old, 6'3". I started out on June 1st at 237 and am currently at 197 so I have lost 40 lbs so far with a goal of another 10. I lost it through a combination of using my Wii Fit, Wii Active & (of course) starting to run outside. I like running and want to continue to get better and be the best I can be.

I just did my first 5k in over two years. It took me 36 minutes (5mph) and felt a little down as I used to be able to do it in around 30-33 minutes.

Good time is just finishing as I have friends who can do it in twenty minutes without much dificulty, and there is no way I am getting to that point......

I finished one in September at 36 minutes, which is a great time for me!  I've been able to improve that time over the last two months by a whole minute.  I guess it doesn't really matter what others are doing as I like to compete against myself!

I started losing weight in March 2009, and I started running in June of 2009.  By the time of my first race in August, I had lost 40 pounds (down to about 170).  I think by the time of my race, I was running 5k in about 30 minutes in training.  I did my first race in 29 something.  I think I was almost 2 minutes faster in the race than I was the previous weekend, just due to the excitement of the race.

As others have said, with a time around 30 minutes, you won't be anywhere close to the back of the pack, but you're not likely to be winning it either.  So just go out there, do your best, and set a personal record.  Then you can try to improve on it for next time.  For me, running is similar to golf... I compete against myself for the most part.  Yeah, I like to beat anyone I can... But I don't know any of the other runners usually, so the only person I'm going to be able to compete with consistently is myself anyway.

By spring, I'd like to be to the point of finishing a 5k run around 25 minutes (currently my PB is 27:50).  In some smaller races around here, that would have been enough for a top 3 finish.  But I've changed my training focus to longer distances (i.e. half marathon in the spring).

Good luck, and enjoy your race!

Clint

I can do a 5K in about 21 minutes. The timing is not really the important thing - it's how much you improve. Just do your best, and remember, it's not all about winning!

A good 5K time is whatever time you finish in.  Wink   Honestly, I always try and just beat my previous time.  My first 5K was 28:01 and I crushed it 2 months later coming in at 22:55 but then 2 months after that was a minute slower at 23:55!! LOL  Once you find your best time you just work on improving it, no matter how impossible it seems.  hehe

Just keep at it and you'll be amazed at how much you can improve!

5 kilometers?

Original Post by tinybutspiny:

5 kilometers?

 Yes or 3.1 miles. Whatever floats your boat.

31 minutes is very respectable!  But as someone else above suggested, don't be surprised if it's even a bit faster on race day, because you'll be so pumped up and surrounded by other runners to motivate you. 

Thanks for all of your replies. I don't feel so down about my time now but I see there is definitely room for improvement. One thing in my defense - I am doing my running at 6:15 in the morning and I'm not a morning person at all. It takes me at least the first mile to get warmed up (yes, I do a quick warm up & stretch before I start my actual run but still). On Thanksgiving morning, I am planning on getting up and doing a short 1.5 mile run to get warmed up before I head downtown so hopefully that'll get me pumped up and ready to go. If that doesn't, the other 15,000 people there might help with that! Laughing

Oh they really will! be prepared to get addicted and spend lots of money on registration fees! Especially if you decide to work up to longer races :D enjoy every bit of it! Enjoy the atmosphere--before, during, and after. Little ones on the side of the road that want high fives...high five em! Stay for awards--you never know what you could win! Just love it..every race, especially the bigger they are (15,000 sheesh!) is filled with adrenaline and excitement. Don't just run-participate :) Have fun and good luck!

I'm really looking forward to it! Actually, the run last year (according to the website) had a total of 33,585 entries but there is a 5K run and an 8 mile run so I figure about 1/2 will do the 5K and the others will do the 8 mile. I'm not planning on setting any records, needless to say. I just want to go out, live the experience and have a good time. Plus, it will help me burn off some extra calories that I KNOW I will be packing on later in the day! Sealed

Well, I finished my run yesterday morning and had a great time! Running with approx. 35,000 others through downtown Dallas on Thanksgiving morning is definitely an experience. The first place runner had a time of 17:25. I finished with a respectable time of 29:57. Not going to win me any prizes but I didn't finish last either. Like someone said, I ended up finishing somewhere in the middle. For the timed 5K runners, I was 679 out of 2,495. I look forward to doing it again next year!

my best is 19:43 but i agree with zebulancherry that its more about how you improve thats the important part :D

i know girls that can get 18:30 and thats crazy but having a goal to work towards always helps me and keeps me motivated to keep going even when my legs are burning and im super tired.

Congratulations. That's a good time for a first 5k. But don't wait until next year. My advice is to set your sights on a 5k, or maybe even a 10k in the early spring. Having race that you are looking forward to, and training for, can be a great motivator, especially when tempted with all the holiday goodies.

Original Post by johnpetersmith:

Congratulations. That's a good time for a first 5k. But don't wait until next year. My advice is to set your sights on a 5k, or maybe even a 10k in the early spring. Having race that you are looking forward to, and training for, can be a great motivator, especially when tempted with all the holiday goodies.

I totally agree. I got up at 6:00 this morning to go on my run and didn't really have the motivation that I did last week and I realized it was because I didn't have anything to shoot for so I put it in my mind that I am training for my next race even though I don't know exactly when it is.

well just got done with a training run, 5k in 12min 43sec!!! Laughing

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