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    J E R S E Y S B E S T Jerseysbest's Avatar
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    Ran my first 5k...

    It was the "Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey Race for the Cure 5K"...

    Lot of people, 1852 did the 5k run, and even more did the walk.

    I finished 131 out of the 1852; my time from my watch was 22:45, their time was 24:12. I'm a novice runner so I don't think the time is too bad, but there's definitely room for LOTS of improvement. Also, I am over 200lbs, and would have probably placed 1st if there were a clydesdale group, but the sooner I lose a few more pounds, the sooner my time will drop...


    Here's me picking up the pace a bit near the finish (note the same head phones I use while ride):

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    That's a great time, esp. for someone your weight.

    Keep doing the races, your time will go down, I am sure!
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    Cool man.

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    J E R S E Y S B E S T Jerseysbest's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    Keep doing the races, your time will go down, I am sure!
    Hopefully my weight too!

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    Good job, JB! How long have you been training?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerseysbest View Post
    Hopefully my weight too!
    yup - it should.

    I used to try and do long slow runs to get the weight down - that did work...but I never did enough intervals and speedwork, so never quite managed to break 8 min. miles (my first 5k was about 29 mins! I too was/am a Clydesdale).

    Since you're starting out at a decent time, you should def. get faster....maybe even break 20 mins. (6 min. mile territory!) eventually. With wise calorie reduction you'll lose fast.

    check out Jeff Galloway's book - one of the best out there.
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    Those calfs are too big to be running and too hairy to be cycling. You're a freak of nature.

    Congrats. I ran one of those through iowa city (not an event) last summer. My feet hurt for a week.

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    nice job, and great time... My PR is 21:45 and I've been running a LONG time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by timmyquest View Post
    Those calfs are too big to be running and too hairy to be cycling. You're a freak of nature.

    Congrats. I ran one of those through iowa city (not an event) last summer. My feet hurt for a week.
    proper shoes should fix that.
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    Good job man, I've been running for 3 years now and am still running 28min 5k's lol

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    Crap, good job!

    I say crap because my first 5k, I got just a smidge under 30 minutes (which was my goal). And this was after running 3 miles, 3 times a week, for at least 2 months (with some hills along the way). 6'4", 200 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBLover View Post
    Good job, JB! How long have you been training?
    For the past year, I try to go out and run about 3-5 miles a few times a month. Nothing serious. The past month or so I ramped up the mileage, running 6 miles at least twice a week, usually 3. The weekend before the race, I did 18 miles; 6 on friday night, sunday morning and monday morning.

    The hills around here aren't big, especially for biking, but there are a few very very steep ones that I've been running up and down, which I'm sure have helped me get stronger. The 5k was completely flat so it was my fastest time by far, and almost a sprint since I've been used to running 6 miles so often.

    Quote Originally Posted by timmyquest View Post
    Those calfs are too big to be running and too hairy to be cycling. You're a freak of nature.

    Congrats. I ran one of those through iowa city (not an event) last summer. My feet hurt for a week.
    A conundrum, I know. I did some sprinting in high school, never was much good, but I could keep up with the big boys at the 200m, 100m, and 110m hurdles. I'm built more as a sprinter with these big calfs, but I think I have great endurance as well. Unfortunately I lack balance and athleticism so any hopes of becoming good anything is down the toilet.
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    yay, congrats!
    now you're hooked. i ran my first 5k last year, and I am.

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    Congrats, man. 131 out of 1852 is really good.

    I love 5ks. Perfect distance...long enough that it takes some endurance to finish, but short enough that it never gets boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taerom View Post
    Congrats, man. 131 out of 1852 is really good.

    I love 5ks. Perfect distance...long enough that it takes some endurance to finish, but short enough that it never gets boring.
    Nah, it's always boring. But ya gotta do it if you are gonna do a triathlon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trsidn View Post
    Nah, it's always boring. But ya gotta do it if you are gonna do a triathlon.
    lol, I would say the same thing about the biking portion of a tri

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    I think the best way to look at race scores is by comparing it to your previous speeds. You always want to strive for self improvement, but you need not compare yourself to others. My brother has longer legs than I do, and he ran as fast as I did when I was going 40 miles a week, whereas he did 5 or 10. Everyone has different body types, and perhaps different problems hunkering them down some.
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    I'm jealous... I can't wait to start running again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taerom View Post
    Congrats, man. 131 out of 1852 is really good.

    I love 5ks. Perfect distance...long enough that it takes some endurance to finish, but short enough that it never gets boring.
    Thanks. Although I wasn't exactly running against elite competition, haha.

    Should of seen the number of people conk out about 1.5 miles in.

    And the next race... I'm getting near the front of the gate. Too many people were slowing me down the first mile, probably could have shaved like 30 seconds off the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
    I think the best way to look at race scores is by comparing it to your previous speeds. You always want to strive for self improvement, but you need not compare yourself to others. My brother has longer legs than I do, and he ran as fast as I did when I was going 40 miles a week, whereas he did 5 or 10. Everyone has different body types, and perhaps different problems hunkering them down some.
    word. My stubby legs are never good for running or much else....

    I think long distance runners are hampered less by short legs than sprinters or middle distance...I could be wrong on that
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    I'm jealous... I can't wait to start running again.
    Dood, what is wrong with your cardio preferences?


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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    word. My stubby legs are never good for running or much else....

    I think long distance runners are hampered less by short legs than sprinters or middle distance...I could be wrong on that
    As far as I've seen and noticed, long legs help all runners. A while back I competed in a longer race with some Kenyans. They smoked nearly everyone, and they had long legs.

    I think it's easier to keep a higher ranking score with stubby legs if you are going longer distance, but it still puts you at a disadvantage when compared to others.

    But again, this is why you should never concern yourself with other peoples times. You are you, and you got what you got. I've raced merely because I find it fun to be in a sea of runners, and I plan to race again as part my goal to rehab my leg.
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    Nice job man! Thats a pretty sweet time for your first 5K. I only see more speed in your future

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