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# Running Times for Beginners (Read 330 times)

So, Jeff, where can I find the World Record holder for Female age 65-69?

Clicky clicky.

(BTW, the WAVA calculator also gives the "age standard" that it uses to calculate the percentage.)

Some of those guys just keep setting records everytime they get another 5 years older!

Ed Whitlock from Canada has the current records for 3K (75+ and 80+), 5K (75+ and 80+), 10K (70+, 75+ and 80+) and marathon (70+, 75+ and 80+).  The only reason it looks like he doesn't have the mile record at 75+ and 80+ is because he ran a 1,500m instead of the mile at 80+.

At 80+ he could still smoke me at all of those distances!

Age: 49 Weight: 202 Height: 6'3" (Goal weight 195)

Current PR's:  Mara 3:14:36* (2017); HM 1:36:13 (2017); 10K 43:59 (2014); 5K 21:12 (2016)

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Some of those guys just keep setting records everytime they get another 5 years older!

Ed Whitlock from Canada has the current records for 3K (75+ and 80+), 5K (75+ and 80+), 10K (70+, 75+ and 80+) and marathon (70+, 75+ and 80+).  The only reason it looks like he doesn't have the mile record at 75+ and 80+ is because he ran a 1,500m instead of the mile at 80+.

At 80+ he could still smoke me at all of those distances!

I suppose I should be thrilled to know that on a good day I won't be beat by anyone in the world over the age of 75, in a 5K race...

No more marathons

1st - since I ran in HS and at a small college, I use it to get my equivalent time from those early days. It gives me an idea how my fitness compares.  I figure if my age equivalent is close to what I use to be able to run, my training is going well. (I'm not there yet)

This ^.

I ran for about 5 years in the 80's.  While I can't come close to those times now, I can look at the age graded %s and use that as a goal target for any and all race distances.  Let's me know how far I still need to go.  One thing I find interesting is that my recent marathon, which got me a BQ by 7 1/2 minutes, would have missed the required time in the 80's by over 13 minutes.  The qualifying times have gotten much easier (thank goodness).

Boston 2014 - a 33 year journey

Lordy,  I hope there are tapes.

He's a leaker!

It's not a percentile in terms of the numbers of people able to achieve a performance. Obviously, fewer than 11% of runners are running sub15 5ks at 40 years old. The percentage simply takes your time in seconds as a percentage of an age-calibrated world record. It's only humbling or demoralizing if you misunderstand the meaning of the percentage.

I appreciate that explanation, I was indeed misunderstanding those percentile meanings.  Thanks :-)   Makes easy sense now, such as a 22:00 5K time would be in approx the 55% range of a world record time, which would be 12:something for a 5K.  I learn something every day on these RA forums.

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