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March 9, 2011 7:14 AM
Im doing the couch to 5K right now and just wondering what your average is on the speed and how long it takes you to complete a 5K.

Thansk
March 9, 2011 7:15 AM
It's really going to vary a lot by person and training, but I tend to hover around a 9:30/10:00min mile. I am 37 and only get to run 1-2 times a week max
March 9, 2011 7:15 AM
I am running one in May and hope to finish in approx 28 minutes....
March 9, 2011 7:17 AM
I'm currently running a 5K at at 10.50 pace. That's pretty damn good IMO, especially considering I just finished the C25K program seven weeks ago and have moved on to the Bridge to 10K. My 10K time is 1:05 - 1:10 on average.
  905596
March 9, 2011 7:19 AM
I run my 5K's in about 23 min, working on getting them back down to 21.5 min, with a goal to break 20 min. I run at about 8 mph speed, which is a 7.5 min/mile.
Edited by erickirb On March 9, 2011 7:20 AM
March 9, 2011 7:19 AM
I did my first one in 2007 and finished in 35:32. Ever since I've gradually gotten faster - 27:47 in November. Hoping for a 25:xx for the one I do every year in April. So that's going from 5.3mph (start) to 6.7mph (fastest).

What's funny is, I'm training for distance runs, and on one of my 3mi runs, I finished in 24:30! Meaning If it was a 5k course I'd have come in ~25.

Anyway - good luck with your first! Don't put pressure on time... just stay confident and within your limits. Finish strong
  272154
March 9, 2011 7:19 AM
Well I'm a shorty, so I can comfortably run at 4.3 mph for 25 minutes, but I haven't finished a 5K distance. I've been doing walk/run intervals at 4.0 walk and 6.0 run and that got me a time of 37 minutes, 25 seconds. I'm hoping I'll be able to run more of it as I train in the next 2 months. My 5K is May 1st in Washington DC.
  781691
March 9, 2011 7:19 AM
http://www.kathyloperevents.com/results.cfm

You can go here and check out other results. I used to look at other peoples results before I did my first 5k. My first 5k was 38 minutes I think.
  2137868
March 9, 2011 7:21 AM
Just work on being able to complete it at any speed, and you can work on improving your time later. From what I've seen, I'd say that a good goal to shoot for your first 5k would be around 30:00, which would put you at about 6mph.
  4798659
March 9, 2011 7:21 AM
I think it depends on what you are comfortable with. I did the c25k program & completed it last October & ran the 5k in a 35 minutes. My first mile was 10 minutes but I slowed down after that b/c of some hills but still beat my estimate of 36 minutes (12 minute miles). I am currently working on increasing my speed on the treadmill and have been running more with 10 minute miles and spurts of 8:38 miles.
Edited by txjulie On March 9, 2011 7:21 AM
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March 9, 2011 7:21 AM
I'm running 25 minutes comfortably at between 4.3 and 5.0. I also haven't reached the 5k distance yet with my C25K program. I should probably step up my speed, but last nights run almost killed me at those speeds. I made it just over 4K in 10 minutes of walking and 25 minutes of running.
  1691470
March 9, 2011 7:22 AM
I'm super short so I'm never going to be the fastest runner out there, but the fastest I've ever ran a 5k was in 33 min.
March 9, 2011 7:23 AM
I'm on the slower side of things. My first 5K right after doing C25K I took 36 minutes, so 11:45 pace. I'm doing one next month and have gotten a little faster, but still only around 11min/mile.

Some people are fast, some are slow, but it really won't matter at the race. It will be exciting just to be there and finish.

"The only competition of a wise man is with himself." - Washington Allston

Enjoy the race!
March 9, 2011 7:23 AM
Thanks everyone I was just looking for an average to kind of work towards. Im working on my distance now and Ill let my speed follow :)

Thanks again
March 9, 2011 7:24 AM
Just did my first last weekend. A slow 39:10, but I finished!!!
  1440540
March 9, 2011 7:24 AM
QUOTE:

Thanks everyone I was just looking for an average to kind of work towards. Im working on my distance now and Ill let my speed follow :)

Thanks again


Great plan!
  1440540
March 9, 2011 7:25 AM
I started the couch to 5k thing back in November and I'm running a 15 minute mile. My struggle is with my breathing, which I'm trying to control. I'm not consistent with running either, so by the time I start up again, I'm back at square one. I have been doing weight training as well for endurance. Good luck!
March 9, 2011 7:26 AM
I just completed a 5k about two weeks ago. I have asthma and completed it in 37 minutes which averages about 12 min miles. I do allot of stoppingohwell
March 9, 2011 7:26 AM
I have my first 5K in less than 2 weeks! (March 19)

I've been practicing and the first practice run was about 34 min, the second was 29 something, and the most recent one was 33 (I added more hills on this one to prepare for the real 5k).

I don't really know what I should set as my goal for the 5K. If there's a bunch of hills (I expect there will be) under 35 will make me happy. If it's mostly flat, then under 30 would be great. But either way I'll give it my best and then I'll have something to work with for my next one. smile
  261610
March 9, 2011 7:29 AM
Wow to everyone. I did couch-to-5k last year and my best time was (wait for it) 56 minutes. I was the last runner to finish, and many walkers beat me, too. My mom beat me! So if you ask me, you're doing just fine! Best of luck!
  5056591
March 9, 2011 7:36 AM
About 20 minutes 30 right now, which is about 8.5 mph or...what, 7 minute mile something like that!?
  651441
March 9, 2011 7:40 AM
QUOTE:

Thanks everyone I was just looking for an average to kind of work towards. Im working on my distance now and Ill let my speed follow :)

Thanks again


Good thinking.

Some people are naturally faster runners than others.

My goal going into a race is to always finish upright and smiling. Beating a previous time is always the cherry on top. There is more to running than for time.

Karen
March 9, 2011 7:44 AM
QUOTE:

About 20 minutes 30 right now, which is about 8.5 mph or...what, 7 minute mile something like that!?


8.5 mph, 7 min mile would be 21min 50 sec. a 20min 5K would be a 6.4 min mile, which is a speed of 9.4 mph.
March 9, 2011 9:01 AM
I won't run any 5K's until probably June to officially know my time, because I am training for a marathon. But last week during a training run, I glanced at my time at the 5K mark & it was 20:12. I'm sure I could go well under that for an actual race.
I have never been that good at 5K's. I was always a fast sprinter, but my distance times were never that great. But with all the extra running for the marathon, my "distance speeds" have come down dramatically.
March 9, 2011 9:15 AM
10min mile here, so 30mins for a 5k for me.
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