(Closed) Respectable 5k time?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: What do you consider a respectable time? (in minutes)
    under 20 : (3 votes)
    4 %
    20 : (0 votes)
    21 : (1 votes)
    1 %
    22 : (0 votes)
    23 : (1 votes)
    1 %
    24 : (3 votes)
    4 %
    25 : (7 votes)
    10 %
    26 : (2 votes)
    3 %
    27 : (5 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    1384 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion

    I would say anything under 30 for your first time out wouldn’t be bad at all. I usually shoot between 24-27, but I am a regular runner (marathons, halfs, etc.).

    Post # 4
    10 posts

    That’s a hard question to answer because I’d say what constitutes a “respectable” time varies a lot from person to person. I arbitrarily picked thirty minutes. I’d say for most young women in good health, maintaining a ten-minute mile pace over the course of a 5k is a good aerobic pace while not being overly strenuous. From there, you can add in speed work and lower your time further, but I’d say thirty minutes is a pretty good starting point if you’re fairly new to running.

    Post # 5
    320 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro

    I agree with the other commenters! I think if this is your first 5k race, 30 minutes is a very respectable time. It just depends on your current speed and training though. A couple of years ago, I used to be able to run 21-22 minute 5ks…now, I am satisfied with times that are in the 26-27 minute range!

    Post # 6
    18645 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Honestly for your first race if you aren’t used to running, finishing is respectable!

    Post # 7
    435 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    It totally depends on your pace/style as a runner! I find that I run a 10-minute mile (or 30 min 5K) whether I run 5K, 10K, or more. I just do not have the body that wants to train to run faster! 

    So, for me, I like hit just under 30 minutes (within the 29 min range). 

    But as they say, whether you run a 7 minute mile or a 14 minute mile, you still ran a mile. And you’re still lapping everyone on the couch Wink

    Post # 8
    6523 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Well I think it really depends on how much running experience you have, and what your pace is. My very first 5k, I was mostly concerned with running the whole thing (no walking!) and less about time – although I wanted to finish in under 45 min. I ended up doing it in 43 min.

    Looking back, I realize how slow that was, but I was pretty happy for my first race. I’m still not a fast runner, but I have gotten faster. I’m usually around 30 min. for a 5k. I just ran my last half marathon in the rain (the whole time) in 2:29 – for comparison my BFF ran the same race (in the rain too) in 2:02.

    Post # 9
    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    That’s such a subjective question. I say don’t worry about what others think. Run for you and your health. Who cares if other people find it “respectable”? Everyone is different. If a good 5K time for you is 35 minutes — awesome, or if it’s 22 minutes — that’s great, too. I also think you’ll find it more enjoyable if you run for what works for you rather than someone else’s expectations.

    Post # 10
    602 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    ha I started “running” with the hopes of doing a 5k in october.  I will be THRILLED if I can “run” without stopping… my goal is 45 minutes but I’m very over weight and not an athlete…. right now I walk / “jog” and finish in about 52 soooooo I guess we’re on different playing fields! 


    I think there is absolutely nothing to scoff at with a 10 minute mile,  you’re doign this for fun!

    Post # 11
    418 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Ha. Now I feel like I suck. I’ve just started running and really don’t do it regularly. My first 5k I was just under 41 minutes. We just did another one and finished in just over 40 minutes (by like 4 seconds). I was proud of that. I do hope to keep improving my time, but I’m just happy not to be the last person finishing.

    Post # 13
    4466 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    This definitely varies from person to person.  I am a very experienced runner (halfs/marathons/etc) but I am SLOW as compared to most other “serious runners.”  I clock about a 33 minute 5K, which I am hoping to improve as I work on speed over the next few months.  For the past few years, I’ve been working mostly on distance and endurance, so shorter races are actually not my best!

    Post # 14
    2103 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    My first 5K I did in February was about 34 minutes. Earlier this month, I did one and clocked in at just over 29 minutes. I’d say anywhere around the 30-minute mark is respectable (give or take 5 minutes). I’d saying finishing is great, too! I have respect for people who even register!

    Post # 15
    645 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I second the PP’s who say finishing is an accomplishment!!!

    Post # 16
    1645 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think you can only answer this question for yourself. Your pace depends on so much – you height and weight, your build, your level of fitness and endurance, and your amount of running/training.

    I used to be able to run a 9 minute pace, then last year after I had my son I was running 12 minute miles. This year I’ve worked back down to 10 minute miles, and I feel that’s pretty respectable and a good pace for me.

    I think it’s very respectable to put forth a strong effort and work to better yourself, your health and your fitness.

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