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I am asking this question because I have entered my Prs for some of these events into a running calculator that tells you how it compares to in another race(i.e what time it is equivalent to) and some are much better comparatively speaking. It makes me wonder "what kind of runner I am" and also how other runners' performances change with different races.
It really depends how old you are. When I was in high school, my fast 5 k was 17:20; and my fastest 2 mile was 11:20, But now that I have been out of high school for many years, I am , way, way slower than that.
It also depends on gender too, although I have know some female runners that could smoke me away as well as other runners......
That's interesting, because your minute mile pace for your two mile is slower than your best 5k! What is confusing to me is how I beat people I race against in the mile by over 10 to 15 seconds and they whoop me in the 2 mile!
I used to beat people all the time in the two mile. Here is how I did it...I never ever started the race with a sprint, never. If i did that I would be oxygen debt very quickly and that would be the end of me. Instead, I would go out slower, and after the first 1/2 or so, then i would speed up.....and what would happen is that i would catch and pass many runners who would "poop out" after the first mile.....
I did the same thing when I ran cross country 5K races.....
That may be how others beat you..but really you have to find what works best for you. May be you are different than me and can start at race with a full sprint and just continue pass until the end?
The other thing you caught on to, is that I was a much better cross country runner that I ever was in track.... I found the track experience really quite boring. around and around i went on the track..eight times for two mile....
I loved cross country, actually winning outright several races when I was the top JV runner. and was varsity my junior and senior years, where my team was runner up for State of Michigan championships...All that and I did not start running cross country until my sophomore year in high school...
Enough about me...I am glad you are trying to figure out how to be more successful. With that attitude and a willingness to learn, you can not help but improve and reach your goals......
Thank you for the kind and helpful words. I usually take that strategy in cross country races and by doing so end up running close to even splits. I also agree with the fact that track is so much more boring!
I don't know on the first, I try not to keep track; My fastest 5K in a 5K race was 33 min. I'm not all that fast, I don't have a long stride, and I am missing both ACLs, along with a few other muscles in the knees. I run for me, not for anyone else. I haven't come in last, and that's how I want to keep it
adult running life commenced: March 2009
2012 Rock n Roll USA Marathon 5:28:53 unseasonably hot day, full sunshine, sunburned and dehydrated during race
Omaha Maraton 5:17: __ yeah, new PR! Too bad the brain got in the way and slowed me down! ---recycled glass finisher medals.
April Fools 5K 32:13.7 age division: 28/71
7th half: Kansas City Hospital Hill 1/2--this thing is tough, but the heat/humidity were tougher: 2:45:43
8th half: Park 2 Park 1/2-New PR 2:21 and change
St. Louis FULL Marathon (my first!!!) Hilly, hilly, course full of turns 5:24
Sullivan Bros. Veterans' 5K 30:10 New 5K PR
4th half (5/1/10) --ran injured, DUMB move.
Sullivan Bros. Veteran's 5K/10K (11/2010) 1:07:17.7
6th half: Vegas half (12/2010) New PR! woot woot. 02:27:58
St. Patricks 8K (Wash. D.C.) (3/2009)
1st half 3:04 (5/2009)
10K 1:17 (10/31/09) HOT, humid, Kaua'i
3rd half: Vegas 1/2 (2:34:48) (12/2009)
I will live my life; life lived in fear is not living. ~~me
400 - 1:02
800 - 2:38
1600 - 5:37
3200 - 12:47
5K - 21:03
4 Mile - 28:11
10K - 45:37.37
15K - 1:15:58.6
I'm a 15 year old male, all of those times are within the past 4 months.
Mile was 5:00, 800 was 2:04, 2m - 12:00 and 5k is 20:20 (not very well considering the rest are decent) I'm mostly a middle of the pack runner.
2 mile: 10:03.12
Its been a while since ive ran those kinds of races. A lot of the races I race now are 10k or longer.
well I just finished my first year of highschool... and i got my fastest mile at 5:30, 2:25 800, 11:50 2 mile, and my 5k was in the high 19s.... strange because when i did sprinting in middle school track (and one meet in highschool) i got medals, but i could never get close to medals with long distance yet (except 2 xc meets)... i guess i just have to invest time in the longer distances