6.3 miles this morning and I just passed 500 miles for the year so far en route to my goal of 2,014 miles. At my current pace, I'm not going to hit it, but I should still do better than I did last year. FWIW, through this morning I have run 501.9 miles and I checked to see what I had run through all of May last year and it was 501.9 miles.
Originally Posted by jarude
I've always hated running but a shitty and prolonged case of elbow tendinosis has cut down on my time in the gym significantly; that plus some heart and lung issues in the family have gotten me doing some running. I think I have a decent grasp on technique from time I spent with a triathlon coach and am working towards doing a 10km race in mid-August. I have a training plan through Runkeeper (stupendously excellent app) and am a few weeks into the training.
What are some decent times to aim at for a novice? I'll be running 4x a week to prepare, and have done a few 5k's in the past for fun, but this is the first time I'm seriously preparing for a race. I did 8km in 55:00 yesterday at an intentionally slow pace and I could have finished 10km easily, so I'm not worried about merely finishing. The plan I'm using says sub-55minutes, but given I'm doing easy 8km in 55 three months out, what's realistic?
I'll second the RunKeeper training plans being great. I used one last year to get my marathon time down below 3:35 and nailed it and credit a lot of that to RunKeeper.
As for a decent time for you to aim for? Who knows... running speed and endurance is so personal. My suggestion is to find an upcoming local 5k or 10k to run in the next couple of weeks and go out there and just see what you can do and set a goal based on that. For example, if you run a 10k in 75 minutes, maybe set your goal to be a 10k at the end of the summer in under 60 minutes.