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mcrow24 Rookie 5 posts since
May 31, 2011
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May 31, 2011 11:47 AM

5k Times and first 5k

I'm starting the C25K prrom as a 230 pound guy at 5'6".


I'm not really worried if I'm fast or not because I'm most certainly not going to be fast any time soon. My goal is to run my first 5k event when I finish the C25K program.


Now, I see race results and at a lot of these events the slowest person is in the low to mid 30's, sometimes upper 30's.


I don't want to hold up a race so I can waddle in at 40+ minutes or embarrass myself doing so.


Any suggests here? Should I wait and run more until I can keep up or am I looking at the wrong events?

  • RLMatlock Rookie 7 posts since
    May 20, 2011
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    1. May 31, 2011 1:18 PM (in response to mcrow24)
    Re: 5k Times and first 5k

    mcrow, don't worry about it.  I did a couple of 5ks back in 2008 (then had knee issues) and was not first nor was I last.  But I did it.  I jogged (not ran) when I could and walked when I couldn't jog anymore.  I'm glad your here a 5k is a great place to start.  Just take a step, and repeat.  I just started C25K last week, and I have picked a 5k to run in July.  My goal is to get 30 minutes, if I do great, if not great.  I WILL DO IT, and I'll get a t-shirt, meet some new people.  5k's are fun!  As far as times, slowest times of mid 30's WOW that must have been some run.  When I did my  three 5ks, I was right at 35 mins and change, and was 2/3 back in the bak,  There were several folks behind me.


    Good luck, and keep us posted on your progess

    5k Goal: 30:00 (July 23, 2011)

    5k PR: 34:27 (Jan 31, 2009, Super Run 5K San Diego Calif.)

    Starting Weight: 215 (03-15-11)

    Current Weight: 203 (05-31-11)

    Goal Weight: 190


    July 23     Red Cross Red Hot Run

    Sept 10    Big Brother/Sister Run

    Oct 22     Spinners Great Pumpkin Run

    Nov 19     Turkey Burner

    Dec 3      Jingle Bell Run

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
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    2. May 31, 2011 1:37 PM (in response to mcrow24)
    Re: 5k Times and first 5k

    A 5K with the slowest person in the low 30s is a relatively fast crowd.  Everybody at these races is very supportive.  You're likely to get more cheers coming in at 40+ minutes than someone finishing in 30 minutes.  Everyone understands how hard every runner works to finish the race, even down to the last place finisher.




  • jmwolffparr Pro 71 posts since
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    3. May 31, 2011 6:41 PM (in response to mcrow24)
    Re: 5k Times and first 5k

    I just ran my first this weekend and I finished at 38.2. I think there may have been 5 people who finished after me. The one guy had bow legs and a limp, and he was ahead of me the first two miles.  You know was still fun!  I met MY personal goal and finished the whole thing running the entire way...all the other stragglers were run/walkers or walkers...but I was still proud of me.


    I just looked at those people who ran it in 17 minutes and laughed at the thought that they were gonna lap me!  I told all the volunteers I was shooting for last and they just laughed and waved me on.  Go for it!

  • Kath_e Rookie 8 posts since
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    4. May 31, 2011 11:29 PM (in response to mcrow24)
    Re: 5k Times and first 5k

    It's really not about the's about finishing. Worring about the time will cause you to quit. I should know. I completed the C25k once raced my first 5k then went nuts about speed and ended up giving up. I quit running for about a year, then tried c25k twice more quiting around week 5 coz I couldn't get my mind off the pace. This year, I went about it all different. This year I chose time, strictly time. If it said run for 5 minutes I ran for 5 minutes. I did not even to bother to worry about how far that got me. MY PACE for 10 minutes, for 20 minutes, 25 minutes. Now it's week 9 for me and I'm way past that... I'm able to go MY PACE for an hour. Soild running MY PACE. In the end speed doesn't matter. Your endurance is what matters. Do what YOU can do. Be the BEST you. Speed will come with time and experience. As far as races are concerned. Small, lesser known races will have faster runners. I was second to last in my first 5k becuse it was such a small town race. But, I still did it and no one can take that from me. If it really bothers you. Choose a larger, more popular race, there will be walkers and runners so you won't feel slow.

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  • Raserei Amateur 13 posts since
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    5. Jun 1, 2011 10:05 AM (in response to Kath_e)
    Re: 5k Times and first 5k

    My first 5K was a few weeks ago. I forgot my pacing watch (it was a flat course so I wanted to use it - I was worried about overpacing for my fitness level) which worried me a lot. So, I jogged for a little until the pack thinned and I "drafted" with another woman who I thought was going my usual pace or slower (ended up slower). I had a lot of "go" left at the end, but that made me feel great! I crossed the line at 39:40 and there were still those coming in after me. Now I have my own time to get PRs against, which is what will matter to me most. It was lots of fun and the other racers were great! So, just have fun and make it something that you'll want to do again!


    Raserei - 5K Runner, Agility Dog Handler

    05/15/11 - Bob Potts 5K (first race ever) - 39.46

    06/04/11 - Hope for Cope 5K - 36.11

    07/09/11 - Habitat for Humanity 5K -

    07/30/11 - Sunset Stretch 5K -

    08/20/11 - Run for the Park CC Challenge 5K -

  • Golden Tips Expert 39 posts since
    May 29, 2011
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    6. Jun 3, 2011 3:09 AM (in response to mcrow24)
    Re: 5k Times and first 5k



    I am glad you asked this question. Like you, I am new to C25K and am concerned about holding up the race. My goal is to be able to do my first 5K in less than 40 minutes, but most of the results I have seen in the races near my town seem to be considerably faster. Nonetheless, I have decided to go ahead with my first 5K in August. I hope the oragnizers wait for me to finish.     After all somebody has to finish last.



    First Race: New Brunswick Day 5K Road Race (Chipman, NB) on August 1, 2011.

    February 17, 2012 Abu Dhabi Terry Fox Run (8.5K) (Abu Dhabi, UAE) - 48.24

    September 3, 2011: 5K Race Against the Reds (Fredericton,Canada) – 33.51

    August 1, 2011: NB Day 5K (Chipman, Canada) – 36.58


  • LPARafael Pro 166 posts since
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    7. Jun 3, 2011 12:31 PM (in response to mcrow24)
    Re: 5k Times and first 5k

    I wouldn't worry about how long it could take you, or that you are holding up the race.  If the race wants to set a time limit, that is their prerogative - they may only have so much time to block off streets, etc.  You definitely won't embarrass yourself.  At least you are out there doing something for your health, and hopefully doing something that you find is fun.  A friend told me once about the "slow runners" - they make movies about them!  So keep up all the hard work you have put in so far and good luck on your 5K, regardless of how fast you do it.  Just make sure you are having fun doing it.

    To paraphrase Newton, "A body in motion tends to stay in motion", so keep those feet moving ....

    2012 Races

    Year 2 Year 5K - 12/31 - 1/1

    Tinkerbell Half Marathon - 1/29

    Rock n Roll Pasadena Half marathon - 2/19

    Old Agoura 10K - 3/24

    O2O Half Marathon - 6/3

    City Impact Half Marathon - 6/16

    Channel Islands 10K - 7/4

    Disneyland Half - 9/2

    Marine Corps Marathon - 10/28

  • mama2grls Rookie 4 posts since
    Mar 8, 2011
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    8. Jun 6, 2011 6:40 AM (in response to mcrow24)
    Re: 5k Times and first 5k

    I'm in the same boat.  I just finished w9d2, and I'm suppossed to sign up for 5k for next weekend 6/18, but I do not want to be the last one coming in.  It's a small race, so it's a possibility I will be.  I'm trying to get to the 3.1 miles before the race, just so I can figure out my time.  Maybe I'll just suck it up, and sign up.  I guess we have to start somewhere. 

    Good luck!

  • hwkwyld Pro 81 posts since
    Feb 24, 2011
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    9. Jun 6, 2011 12:49 PM (in response to mcrow24)
    Re: 5k Times and first 5k

    Remember that your first 5K is about you and no one else.  It's about what you've achieved on a personal level, your journey from the couch to the finish line, and the demons that you leave in your wake.  Yes, time is a goal but as a first 5K you are simply establishing a baseline for future races. Keep in mind that the race-day atmosphere will not only inspire you but help you to push yourself further and faster.  You'll be suprised at what you can achieve.  Stick with it and go all out; You can do it!


    1/29 - Ice Breakers Tri: 51:15

    Swim (400Y) - 7:46; Bike (10 Miles) - 20:20; Run (2 Miles) - 23:09

    2/11 - Red Flannel Run (5 Miles): 1:01:45

    5/20 - Bluff Creek Triathlon (Sprint)

    6/10 - Trinona Triathlon (International)

    6/24 - Copper Creek Triathlon (Sprint)

    10/21 - Des Moines Marathon

  • crl8686 Legend 1,313 posts since
    Nov 11, 2007
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    10. Jun 6, 2011 6:10 PM (in response to mcrow24)
    Re: 5k Times and first 5k

    mcrow24 wrote: "...Now, I see race results and at a lot of these events the slowest person is in the low to mid 30's, sometimes upper 30's..."

    I've seen a few fast 5K fields like those, but usually only in very small races. Most 5K's are much more forgiving, and 40 min is still midpack.

    Here are a few examples in which I ran this year:


    Glendale Downtown Dash: 964 runners, of which 534 finished in under 40 min.


    Santa Anita Derby Day 5K:

         Open 5K (mostly ages up to 39):

         1977 runners, of which 1189 finished in under 40 min.


         Masters 5K (ages 40+):

         942 runners, of which 689 finished in under 40 min.


    2011 UCLA Bruin 5K: 849 runners, of which 396 finished in under 40 min.

    2015 highlights...

    @ 5K: New Balance Palm Springs 5K, Palm Springs, CA, 24:32

    Angels Baseball Foundation 5K, Anaheim, CA, 24:24

    Pride of the Valley, Baldwin Park, CA, 24:28

    @ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, Los Angeles, CA, 52:15

    Great Race of Agoura - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 51:40

    Fiesta Days Run, La Canada, CA, 49:57

  • emiss Pro 70 posts since
    Feb 7, 2011
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    11. Jun 6, 2011 6:21 PM (in response to mcrow24)
    Re: 5k Times and first 5k

    I wouldn't worry about it at all.  The people are always great and you'll be on such a high when you're done whether you finish in 35:00 or 45:00.  It won't matter one bit.  You'll just be proud of yourself; and no matter what you'll have a PR to work from.  Before my first 5K someone on here posted that no matter what, even if you finish last, you still beat everyone who's laying around at home while you're out there doing it.

    Completed Races:

    3/19/11 Holy Grail 5K 36:20 (First 5K)

    4/10/11 Wellness 5K 30:48

    4/23/11 Stonyfield 5K 30:28

    5/7/11 Dover 5K: 29:39

    5/23/11 Get Fit in May 5K 29:44

    5/29/11 Redhook 5K 29:32 (PR)

    6/11/11 Market Square 10K 1:08:40 (First 10K)

    8/18/11 Saunders 10K 1:07:35.49

    9/5/11 St. Charles Childrens' Run: 29:54

    9/10 Fox Point 5 Mile: 49:03

    9/25 Holy Grail 5K: 32:33 (with bronchitis)

    10/9 Great Island 5K 32:54.23 (still with bronchitis)

    11/13 Seacoast 1/2 Marathon: 2:31:39 (1st 1/2 Marathon)

    1/1/12 First Run 10K 1:4:45 (PR)

    2012 Races:

    2/19/12 Half at the Hamptons 2:28:18 PR

    3/24/12 Holy Grail 5K 28:17 PR

    4/21/12Whale of a 5K (first trail race) 30:24

    3/30/12April Fools 4 Miler 36:39 (9:10mm)

    6/12/12 Margaritas 5K 27:52 (9mm) PR

  • mythic Pro 103 posts since
    Aug 16, 2010
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    12. Jun 7, 2011 12:52 PM (in response to mcrow24)
    Re: 5k Times and first 5k

    If you're really just worried about 'holding up' a 5K race, don't.  As others have said, you'll be respected for finishing. And remember, you're doing this for YOU!


    Or, look for a race that is running both a 5K and a 10K.  That way, even if you're the last in for the 5K (unless you're crawling   ), you'll have some 10K runners coming in after you.

    C25K Graduate 10-30-10

    "Do it now. You become successful the moment

    you start moving toward a worthwhile goal."

    ~Samuel Johnson

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