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New 5k PR (Read 156 times)


Daniel

    I ran my second 5k this weekend and ran it in 23 minutes flat. It was 27 seconds faster than my time from about a month ago. I'm pretty excited about this going from barely being able to run a mile a year ago to having now run a one mile sprint, 2 5ks, a 15k and a half marathon. Up next is an 8k, Smokey mountain half and 5k and another half in October.

     

    Is 23 minutes a good time? I'm pretty excited about it and came in 11th overall and 3rd in my age group. But everyone in front of me was quite a bit faster than me. It was a local race so not a great showing of really fast runners either.

       

      Is 23 minutes a good time? I'm pretty excited about it and came in 11th overall and 3rd in my age group. But everyone in front of me was quite a bit faster than me. It was a local race so not a great showing of really fast runners either.

       

      23 minutes is good for someone who has been running for about a year, but in the grand scheme of things, it isn't very fast.

       

      ~18:45 (6 minute pace) for 5ks is usually pretty competitive for men in local races.  I'd say anyone approaching that is running an objectively good time.  True elite 5ks are run in the neighborhood of 13 minutes.

       

      This is separate from someone saying they ran a good/bad time for them which is relative to their previous performances/current fitness.  If I ran an 18:45 5k, I'd say I ran very poorly (my pr is 16:05) but if you ran 22:00 your next 5k, you'll have run very well.

      Know thyself.

       


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        I understand what you’re asking because it’s only natural to be curious if all your hard work in training is, well, working.

         

        Let’s use your own words:

        • 1 year ago you could barely run a mile
        • You knocked off 27 seconds from your previous 5K
        • 23:00 is not a pace most people can run without investing real training effort

        Sounds like a pretty good day at the races to me.

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          Is 23 minutes a good time? I'm pretty excited about it

           

          Then, yes, it is.

           

          Is 23 minutes a good time?....came in 11th overall and 3rd in my age group. But everyone in front of me was quite a bit faster than me. It was a local race so not a great showing of really fast runners either.

           

          If you must compare yourself with others, then, yes, it's still a pretty good time, isn't it?

           

          Still, as runners, we need some perspective and humility. There will always be faster runners out there who can beat us easily (if they show up), and that's okay too.  Just enjoy the run! Smile

          Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject. - S.J.

            Good job on the PR, Daniel. 

             

            Now to keep things in perspective.  There are always people faster...like this cyclist...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyTyjQbvylg&t=2s

            Ha ha.

            "When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up against them; for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels."  Ezekiel 1:21


            Daniel

              Thanks for the insight. I'm still trying to figure it all out. When I finished I knew I still have work to do and I'm trying to keep losing some weight which I know will help me get faster, but at 195 lbs I'm not a race horse. I have really enjoyed getting to compete at something with these races. Even if I'm only racing against my old times.

              manfromnantucket


                Just enjoy the run! Smile -This is what i do. Gonna bust out 3, MAYBE 5  tomorrow, on a treadmill. Then, hit the crag for a few hours of climbing.  I gradually started running a month or so ago after my heel injury. First time back on a treadmill, I was lil' tentative, 10 min. mile, sped up to 6 min. mile held for 2 miles, then slowed to 8 min. mile for 1 mile. Felt fine the NEK day, no pain at all.  Now, I'm not a badass like a lot of others here, but 23 min seems pretty fast.

                RunNow


                  Average 5K times for men in the U.S. in 2016 was just under 29 minutes, so you are SUPER fast compared to the vast majority of male runners in the U.S.!!!


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                    Good job on the PR, Daniel. 

                     

                    Now to keep things in perspective.  There are always people faster...like this cyclist...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyTyjQbvylg&t=2s

                    Ha ha.

                     

                    Here's a more runner-oriented one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcChqf5-KpM

                     

                    (Although they quote his mile time, which is not as good as his 1500 times)

                    It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.