Did I or didn't I ??

Hi everyone. I have been running for almost a year now, and like you guys my goal was to get to week nine and run for 30 mins or 5k. I was slow so knew the 30 mins would come first. Although on week 1 just a minute was an achievement. Since completing the programme last September I ran my first 5k race in 38 minutes in October. So my challenge has always been to get the elusive 5k in 30 mins. I then tried Parkrun and have been hooked ever since, running and volunteering at my local Parkrun in Bournemouth, and slowly slowly eating away at that time until 2 weeks ago I was down to 31.04. So preservering has definately been key. Last week I volunteered and was a timekeeper which was surprisingly fun. So yesterday with my newly brought running shoes I was back again. New time 30.04 , my question is can I now say I can run 5k in 30 minutes ? Or should I be under 30 minutes ???


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  • I would definitely take that as 30 mins. If you go under you can say you can run it in under 30 mins! Hope I can say the same in a year's time!

  • Congratulations, that is great progress. Personally, I am a bit of a pedant, so agree that of course you can say you ran 5k in just over 30 minutes, but I don't think Roger Bannister would be remembered for breaking the four minute mile if he had taken four minutes and four seconds.

    You are so close now that it is going to happen, probably sooner than later, so stick with it and you really will be able say you can do a sub 30 minute 5k. I think it is interesting that your big improvement came after a bit of a break. My PBs have often occurred after an enforced break.

  • 30mins or under, then you ran it in 30 mins, well done! Next time you'll crack it! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

  • Brilliant.. That is 30 minutes, you've reached your goal, well done 😎

  • Yeay! You did it.. say you did it.. you did it! :)

  • A great time whatever but I would want to push in to get that exact or under 30 min time just so I knew I could do it. To the rest of the world you have achieved it now!

  • Those pesky seconds!!

    I have 10 of them to lose (mind you, at 33 mins, not your much envied and longed for 30)

    I would want to be on or under the 30:00 but it's really picky stuff. If I was talking to a non-runner it would definitely count as 30 mins for 5k :)

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