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Old 8th Jan 11, 01:54 PM
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5 mile run - what's a good 'beginner' time?

I'm working on a plan to get me up to 5 miles by Easter and would like to know roughly what a reasonable time is? I know I'm not going to win this thing, just want to set myself a good target!
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Old 8th Jan 11, 02:07 PM
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I'm working on a plan to get me up to 5 miles by Easter and would like to know roughly what a reasonable time is? I know I'm not going to win this thing, just want to set myself a good target!
Times are personal, so resonable ones for you or me might be
differant for other.

But think about what you can do and then try to improve

For example my average time for a mile was 11.30 mins a mile, to some that is barely a walking pace.

Others on here regulary run a mile in 4, 5 or 6 mins and can run all day at 7 or 8 mins a mile.

So run your distance and see how long it takes, then train and see how your times improve

My times have now improved to less than 9 mins a mile so I can now run a mile 2 mins quicker
than a few years ago, but 8 and a bit mins a mile is still slow compared to others.


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Old 8th Jan 11, 04:34 PM
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Times are personal, so resonable ones for you or me might be
differant for other.

But think about what you can do and then try to improve

For example my average time for a mile was 11.30 mins a mile, to some that is barely a walking pace.

Others on here regulary run a mile in 4, 5 or 6 mins and can run all day at 7 or 8 mins a mile.

So run your distance and see how long it takes, then train and see how your times improve

My times have now improved to less than 9 mins a mile so I can now run a mile 2 mins quicker
than a few years ago, but 8 and a bit mins a mile is still slow compared to others.


All the best

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Old 8th Jan 11, 04:37 PM
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Yip, build up until you can run the distance at your current pace and then you will have a PB to beat
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Old 8th Jan 11, 06:42 PM
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Right ok, build my distance, get myself a time and aim. Ok. I'll see what I can do!
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Old 8th Jan 11, 06:46 PM
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Atta girl, as always share your successes or otherwise with us
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Don't get too hung up on times!
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Good points from all the posters but if you want something to aim for then going by your last timed run (being ill) and running at that pace you would get a 1 hour (and a few minutes) time for a 5 mile run.. Remove being ill and with a few months of training I would say head for under 55 minutes.. What do you think you can do it in? Its all about effort in (without over doing it obviously ) Best advice I can give is get a realistic time in your head and then ask advise on here how to achieve that .. and I bet you can do it!!. good luck
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Old 9th Jan 11, 09:22 AM
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Nice one Vicki. Yes agree with others we are all different due to genes and other reasons so just stick at it. When you first start you find that you get better times for a set distance very quickly which can be very motivating. Do your best but don't compare with others at this stage.

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Old 9th Jan 11, 05:03 PM
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I would echo what the others have said regarding not comparing yourself with others. In my case, I have started regular, structured running again only recently and did my first continuos 5m last week in 47 mins. I knew that something around 40-45 mins was what I used to run it in a few years ago but clearly that equates to quite a big difference! I dug out my training log from 2004 and was shocked to see that I was running 5m off road around forest and heathland trails in 37 mins! Of course, I was a LOT fitter and weighed a good 10-15kgs less. I also noted that my average HR was about 10 beats LOWER back then than it is now. So, never mind competing with others, I'm finding it impossible to compete with my self right now!!

One thing I would say, is rather than try to go quicker, perhaps try to concentrate on running at the same reasonably comfortable pace each time (thus removing time as a factor) and aim instead to complete the 5 miles with a lower average heart rate? This will indicate improved fitness and should also lead to a quicker time should you then switch your attention to pace based running.
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would be happy if i could run 10k under 30 min ^_^
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I've only done one 5 mile at race pace. First mile was at 9min pace. I ended up finishing the race in 47.18
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