What would you say is a good Half Marathon time for a 49 year old female to aim for?? Or even a 10k time..
Just a decent time for a beginner..........not world record stuff but something challenging to aim for..
This running is sure addictive!!
Certainly is Anwen! I read a slogan somewhere that went something like "no matter how slow you run, you're beating everyone sitting on the couch!". As someone who isn't terribly fast, I kinda like that philosophy! I'm impressed by anyone who can finish a half marathon or 10k, just remember that the majority of people simply aren't fit enough to run that far. If you want to aim for a time, I suggest timing yourself on a few shorter runs and, bearing in mind that everyone slows down as the miles increase, basing your target on that.
Maybe you could run a distance you're comfortable with today and post your time on here and then we can help you decide your 10k target time.
Thanks Julia, Lordmooch and Joe for the advice.....love the slogan too, sure I will use this in future to friends who think i am slow!!!
I have done several 10k's but the proper chip timed one was Manchester last year, and was a little dissapointed I only managed 1hr 5mins wanted to get under an hour.........so this year I will. I have only done 1 Half so far and that was Cardiff last year.....and only managed 2hrs 30 for that. I have started training more now.........but I gave up smoking 12 months and 8 days ago and have put on some weight( This makes a huge difference!!) It's all a big challenge!!!
I suppose the main thing is I enjoy my running and the group of girls I run with.. but thanks Joe for your wife's times something to aim for..
If i can do the GNR in under 2 hrs 20 mins I will be happy....
Good stuff Anwen. And what's 5 min between friends?! Blame on it on the crowds or something, everyone else does!
Are you following a training schedule?
It depends on the individual, how much training you can do, the type of training etc. Julia is right; if you do some timings over various distances whilst training, you'll get a good idea of what times you could aim for.
The great thing with running - for me, at least - is that you compete with yourself. It didn't matter to me that thousands finished ahead of me on my first 10k, because I ran it in sub-60 minutes and achieved my goal.
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I would say anything around or under 2:30 is pretty good. 2:15 is decent and around or under 2 hours is brilliant.
My wife s 53 and managed a 2:05 half marathon last Aug going for a sub 2 hour this year.
There are some amazing times for 50+ runners if you look around but to be honest getting round is brilliant 13 miles is a long way to drive for some people :-)
Good luck with it and let us know how you get on please
As a new runner I like the idea of beating my own times but what i have found is if you miss out by a few minutes or seconds dont kick yourself as you still did better than the couch potatoes out there.
I have done a few sub 2 hour halfs and a sub 5 hour full marathon but i have also gone over those times, which does sting a bit but you just put your trainers back on and get out there after wards.
I think the best way to judge what is a good time for yourself is to go out do the distance in what ever time is comfortable to you and then keep that as a challenge to beat, it might sound stupid but it works for me.
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