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What is a reasonable time to run 5K


I've just finished Week 8, it's not easy but I did it ! I'm 67 and haven't run for over 40 years - so please don't let age stop you from going for it! I'm also nowhere near 5K. Not quite 3K in fact, what's a reasonable time to do 5K that I could aim for?

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Don’t worry about time. Once you graduate, build up to 5k gradually.

feeling-goodGraduate in reply to Tasha99

thank you, I'll concentrate just on the time and not worry about the distance.


Well done 👍 The programme should’ve been named C2-30 minutes, but not as catchy as C25K. The programme aim is to get you to run for 30 minutes nonstop 3 x a week for your health. From there you increase your pace.

feeling-goodGraduate in reply to SandraY1

Thank you that's so helpful


Welcome to the forum and well done on your progress.

This guide to the plan is essential reading healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

and includes advice on minimising impact, stretching after every run, hydration and strengthening exercises, all of which will help.

A good time for running 5k in is the time that you do it in.............or you might like to compare with the only meaningful comparison.....your pre C25k self.

Enjoy your journey.


I’m about the same age as you and hadnt run for over 25 years and not much then, only for about 3-4 years. I managed 42 mins for my first 5k and have only got it down to 37:42 in the last 2 years. Some people fly past me and do way under 30 mins but I’m just happy to be capable of running

Don’t worry about times and speed just enjoy the running 👍good luck with your Graduation week

feeling-goodGraduate in reply to limberlou

Thank you so much for the support, you're right I'm really happy to be running any kind of distance (I've never been able to, even 40 years ago :-).

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