Runner Bees..How long does it take you to run 5km?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2117 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

About 23-24 minutes. I run about 8 minutes per mile, give or take a few seconds. It did take me awhile to get to that pace – when I started running again recently, I started at 10 minute miles or so. You’ll get there!

Post # 4
4043 posts
Honey bee

@sweetchiquita12:  Congrats on your health/fitness accomplishments so far! 

Personally, I am a sprinter (short distances) by nature as that’s what I competed in during college. After college, I started running 5ks and it was a wake up call in terms of endurance and conditioning. 

At peak physical training, I have run a 5k at 24min, 20 seconds during a race. While that is not fast by any means, it was a personal best for me. When I am generally training/running for a workout, I typically run around 28-30 minutes outdoors and on the treadmill I do around 27-28 min miles.

Good race times really depends on gender, age and level of competition. Most are below 20 minutes though (from what I have seen). 

It sounds like you are doing quite well for being new to running, keep it up!

Post # 5
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well, remember that it’s all relative and there is always someone faster!! I’m impressed that you can run faster on the treadmill than outside. I feel like the treadmill is way harder! At my best, I could do a 5K in around 20 minutes. Right now, maybe 23.

Post # 6
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve read that everyone has a standard natural pace, which seems to be 100% true. My natural pace is around a 10 min mile so 30 mins. If I’m training or running frequently with someone who run’s faster than I do it will pick up.


Post # 7
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sweetchiquita12:  First, CONGRATS! The first few miles are INSANELY tough. It took me two years to go from walking to running 4 miles at a shot!

Before I got pregnant, I could run a 5k pretty quickly. 25 minutes-ish? A little less if I really exerted myself.

BUT my half marathons are pretty slow! My best ever was 2-ish hours, or a 9:30-ish average mile! And the last half marathon I did was 11:30-ish average mile!


Post # 10
3828 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sweetchiquita12:  Well done! I’m in Canada too and while i have tried to make it outside alot, this winter has been rough and i haven’t been able to much in January. I get uber bored on the treadmill but we just won one so its getting set up this weekend. 

My nickname is Turtle, so i’m more of a “jogger” and usually get 5k done in 31 minutes outside. 

Post # 11
559 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’ll represent for the slow runners out there! Lol

I have never run a 5k in less than 30 minutes. My fastest was 32 and my Gps watch actually said it was only 2.9 miles so I don’t count it. I’m average 33 or 33 minutes. I’m a chubby runner,so there’s that. Lol but I love it!!!

Post # 12
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@sweetchiquita12:  I did two 5Ks over the summer/fall and it took me about 32 minutes. I am not fast, just happy to be able to run!

Post # 13
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

That’s awesome!

I run one in 27-28 minutes. I’m kinda slow, but I just have a set pace and can run a 10k or eve a half marathon at about the same time per miLe.

Post # 16
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sweetchiquita12:  I’ve only done half marathons, which are 13.1 miles each! (Though I would love to run a full marathon soon, which is 26.2 miles)

A full marathon is a scary, scary beast! But half marathons aren’t actually that bad! I think it took me 5 months to train for my first one, and three months for my second one?

I once read the the half marathon is the full marathon’s “really nice little sister”. And the feeling of finishing one is INCREDIBLE. And they give you 3.5-4 hours to finish it, so as long as you run/walk faster than a 16 minute mile, you will finish!

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