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2039 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 17, 2010 10:25 PM by Julia66
Julia66 Pro 75 posts since
Aug 31, 2010
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Aug 31, 2010 10:46 AM

Reasonable goal pace?

So I'm somewhere between C25K and the rest of you. I began running in my 40s about a year and a half ago. I ran a 10K earlier this year to prove I could do it, but I prefer the 5K distance and am training for a mid-October 5K.


I am a slow runner but trying to improve my pace. This morning I ran what was for me a great 3-mile run at 33 minutes - felt good but not exhausting. When I run several miles my body seems to settle in at an 11-minute mile pace if I push myself a little. When I do 1/4 mile repeats I aim for a faster pace of 2:30 to 2:35.


My question is what is a good 5K time goal to try for? Under 34 minutes is not pushing myself enough. Given 7 weeks, running 4-5 days/week, what is reasonable for a 40-something woman?

Completed 2013:

Guadalupe River Run 10K April 2013 (1:01:36) PR!!

Completed 2012:

Turkey Trot 5K Nov 2012

RSS Fun Run 10K May 2012 (1:03:17)

Mermaid Run 10K May 2012 (1:09:37)

Completed 2011:

Turkey Trot 10K Nov 2011 (1:05:20)

Firefly 5K Oct 2011 (49:14) - with DH and DS at son's pace

Rock 'n' Roll Half Oct 2011 (2:32:12)

Run for the Sun 5K Aug 2011 (30:17) PR!!

Coyote Hills 3.5 mi Jan 2011 (38:47)

  • vcackerman Legend 340 posts since
    Dec 14, 2007
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    1. Aug 31, 2010 11:16 AM (in response to Julia66)
    Re: Reasonable goal pace?

    Based on what you ran in your training run, I would be shooting for beating 33 minues in a 5K - you'll be surprised how the competitive gene kicks in when running with others.


    5K: 27:54 (Roselle Run for the Roses, June 2011)

    4M: 37:51 (Elmhurst 4 on the 4th, July 2011)

    8K: 46:46  Chicago Shamrock Shuffle (April 2011)

    10K: 60:16 (Lisle Spring Spint Mar 2011)

    HM: 2:10:03 (Great Western HM May 2011)


    7/23/2011 Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10 Miler

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