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How fast can you run a Kilometer?

I'm finding it disheartening that I can't seem to run a kilometer any faster than 6 minutes 28 seconds and even then, I can't sustain it over 5K. Most irritating. Do you think it's because I'm only 5ft and thus have short legs? Hehe.

How fast are you all?

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If it's any consolation, I am on Week 5, and 6 foot. I am currently running 10 minute miles, which is about 6 mins 15 seconds for a kilometer. I don't think you are doing that bad.

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You are quick for week 5! Wowzers. You're going to fly through the program:o)

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I reckon my year old grandfaughter who has just started walking can walk faster than I can run, But I am just pleased that I am able to run for 25 minutes non-stop now by following the couch to 5km plan. So I wouldn't worry how long it take to run a km - just be proud of yourself for getting out there and getting moving!

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This is a very good point. I think I take it all too seriously sometimes but as you say, at least I'm out there and getting a wiggle on:o) 10 weeks ago, I was sitting in front of the TV instead of exercising. Thank you for reminding me of this. x

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I am also slow as molasses. I have no idea how fast I actually am, but I imagine that I am being outpaced by turtles. But I'm up and going for 28 minutes at a time, which is more than most can say, and my entire goal for starting this running lark.

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I'm always around 8 mins per km, couldn't go faster without lungs exploding (unless it was a short distance I guess.

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Ah, I wish I could do 6:28s!

I'm averaging about 7:42s at the moment! - But I haven't graduated - I've only done 4 30+ minute runs and I've still got 7 runs to go...

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I need around 8 minutes per km, too. Sometimes slower never faster. I run very slow!

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It really depends on what type of run I'm doing. I go slower on longer runs as I can't sustain a fast pace for too long. My personal best for 10km is 58mins so that is just a touch under 6min/km. That was a race so the adrenalin kept me going. I am training to do 10km in 55mins in July following a plan from runners world. Increasing my distances has been relatively easy but building speed seems to be harder.

Keep at it!

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Wow! You are fast over a 10K race! I only graduated last week and can't imagine running 10K but I would love to work towards it. I want to improve my technique so I can be both quicker and run for longer. Do you have any advice as to whether I should work on speed or distance first?

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Oh I'm interested in response to this too! I'm currently working on couch to 5k to 10k app and am on week 7 day 1. I did my run this morning and managed a 20 minute run (I would never have managed this a few years ago and I'm just happy I can do it). I am very slow, only managed 2.5km in the 20 minute run but I keep thinking that as long as I am increasing my time per run I can work on speed later. Is this the right way around? Thank you xx

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Perfect

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Don't increase both at the same time. If you want to work on your soeed include running uphill une day a week (not for the whole run, of course).

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Thank you all for your responses. It's good to know everyone runs at a different pace:o)

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I got so excited with my W6R1 because endomondo clocked me putting in a 5:37 but on reflection it was either wrong or I was using it wrong. although tonight managed a 6:01 so you never know.

But mainly getting averages around the 6:45 mark.... But at 5'6" and with short legs think I must look like Forrest gump running.

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I've just done my week 8 r3 at 7 mins per km, which is about my average. My run normally involves a hefty head wind either out or on my way back (I live by the sea) and is on a mixture of very little tarmac, a good amount of gravel in two places and mostly stony

Undulating path, with a steep wooden bridge just before my halfway point. Also sometimes some big puddles if it's been a particularly high tide or has rained recently. Many different factors can affect your times, that's my excuse anyway! Starting week 9 on Thursday, can't quite believe I'm nearly there! :)

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Forgot to add, I'm only 5ft so only have little legs... I know, another excuse! ;)

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I'm 5'8" with really long legs, and I've just done week 8 and I'm averaging about 7:30 mins per km. I'm not even slightly pushing myself speed-wise, just concentrating on getting to the end. I also run quite compactly I think. Someone told me once that you shouldn't make too much unnecessary movement and I think I might have over-generalised! Anyway, we all have a different speed. I will concentrate on getting to 5k, then maybe think about speeding up!

Hope you feel better. :-)

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When I first graduated I could run flat out at about 6m30s K but over the weeks and months that has come down to about 5m K and under occasionally. We are all so eager when we first graduate and prone to injury as a result, all I can recommend is mix up your training, don't run flat out every run (sure fire way of injuring yourself). Flat out no more than once per week and believe it or not the intervals and long easy pace runs actually increase your pace best,

Enjoy the journey :D

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I'm averaging at 8mins 40sec per km so i must be really slow...😂 But it's faster than me sitting on the sofa, so I'm proud and can only get better, right?! (Week 5, run 1).

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I have never actually been timed for a kilometer run and I am 5foot but I think if I run my fastest maybe 6-7 but the harder you train the better you will get keep trying!

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I run 1k in 3 minutes 22 seconds (my pb) and I do 5k in 20 minutes flat

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well i run 1km in 4:51

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