Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What's Your 10K Time?

The Sun Run 10K is this Sunday morning (I know, the countdown clock on the right must be on Greenwich Mean Time or something).

When I ran this same distance (6.2 miles) last Sunday, it took me 1 hour and 17 minutes.   According to last year's results, that would put me just ahead of a 9-year-old and a 73-year-old.  Imagine the achievement for both of them, to accomplish this distance at their respective ages.  For a man that is basically in between their two ages, I should be able to smoke them, but I'll be happy to just complete my first 10K and consider where I was one year ago.

If you are new to this site, one year ago, I weighed 325 pounds (I'm 6'4" tall), had never run or jogged and rode my bike at a very slow pace.  I now weigh 285 and am obsessed with improving my running pace and looking forward to a year of new milestone achievements. 

But I love a challenge.  So, I am asking you to give me a goal time for this 10K.  You see that I just did the practice run in 1:17.  But I have heard of the advantage of race-day adrenaline, this "pancake-flat" course, etc.  So, I am hoping for a slightly better time.

Please give me a time that I should shoot for and I'll report back on Sunday night as to how I did.

And for you runners out there, please let me know:
  1. Your time for your FIRST 10K?
  2. Your BEST time for a 10K?
Thanks.

Big Clyde

17 comments:

Kovas said...

1:10-1:12 would be a good result based on your training. Finishing the first of your stretch goals would be the fantastic thing!

Tricia said...

Would you believe I've never ran a sanctioned 10k? Went right from 5ks to full marathon...hmmmm....now working backwards at goal of half and 10k :) (and of course another marathon, but dont tell anyone)

I'm with Kovas, a 5min PR would be huge, go for that goal

The Turtle said...

As a slow runner I thought I should share my time to make you feel better - my last 10K was 1:24 and I beat 6 people. My goal was to run the whole way and I accomplished that so time didn't matter to me.

I think you should have a goal of 1:15 - 1:16. You would beat your current time, but still be able to enjoy the race.

Good luck out there!

Jessica said...

Clyde I have never ran a 10k so I don't have a time for you. But I will be thinking of you Saturday morning...just remember to HAVE FUN! :)

SLB said...

From one clydesdale to another, it doesn't matter what your time is. Just focus on finishing and doing your best. If you get into comparing times, you're only going to get discouraged (I know I did). Enjoy the race.

Sam's Minions (aka parents- Angie and Brian) said...

My first official 10K will occur on Memorial Day 2011 (Boulder Boulder), so, unfortunately, I cannot provide a guess.

I have completed 4 half marathons and one 5K, nothing in between.

I'm training for a full marathon now, so I haven't (even unofficially) recorded my 10K time.

Good Luck!!!

Luke said...

answer is one in the same- about 54 minutes. Sadly, I can also run a half mary at the same pace, I thougn I should runt he 10k faster given that.


After my 5k AG win, I though i would go on to a challenge with the 10k. I then realized that the guys running that race were soooooo much faster than the average 5k runner. In my area I have come to learn they refer to a 5k as a grandma, because even your grandma can run one. 10k is not.

Gules said...

I think your 10K time is really good. Coming from a slow runner, where in training my 10K was 1:20 but my first 10K race which was during a rain/snowstorm, with many hills I ended up with 1:33. Yeah, I was pissed. But I know the conditions played a role. Since you say the course is rather flat, i would say you could probably do it in 1:10 ( with help from a little adrenaline).Good luck! Can't wait for the race report.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Goal, I put you at 1:12.

For what it's worth, my 10k 8 months ago was 1:13. Last month I PR'd at 59:35. ;-) Just get the first one in the books, that's most important. This time last year, you weren't even thinking about being capable of 6.2 miles.

C. Michael Fontes said...

Hey Clyde,

just wanted to say good luck! I'm stoked to stumble across a blog like this, and am inspired by your perseverance.

Chris
Clydesdale Cycleworks

lindsay said...

My first 10k (2005) was 51:05. My PR is a 45:15 (2009). I don't run them too often it seems.

I'm going to say a 1:14 or better. I definitely get help from raceday adrenaline and the "competition" of other runners around. A 1:14 is also a 12:00/mile pace, so somewhat easy to keep track of from mile to mile. Well, if you are ok at mid-run math. I'm not...

Bruce said...

My one and only 10K was about 1:05. I wanted to break the hour, but I was happy to have finished and I stayed within my limits. If I would have tried to go any faster, I would have crashed. I'm with those who say first of all be happy to finish your first 10K and secondly if you beat your training PR that is a bonus! Good luck Clyde! I know you can do it!

Patrick said...

Go gett'em this weekend. Heck, go out there and win the race!

wendyinjapan said...

Hey Clyde, best of luck to you this weekend! I look forward to reading about the race :)

Regarding your comment on my 5k, I haven't trained in weeks because the last time I jogged my hip starting hurting and the pain lasted several days, then the holidays came and I haven't been able to make myself get back outside in the cold yet. I have been doing workouts in my living room though and planning to get back outside in the very near future. Thanks for asking!

The Traveler said...

Good luck dude. My first try was 1:28:15, which I considered a huge victory. You already got me beat. Good luck.

brett said...

Hope it all went well. 1:20 is my PR so you've already beat me.

Looking for suggestions on music to listen to when I work out. My resolution for 2011 is to find more high energy music than the normal Top 40 stuff. While searching for music I found this video, its pretty funny and the song gets me moving. Wait until the end for a url to get the song for free:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW8rnMmYID8

Music suggestions welcome. Any songs you can’t go to the gym without?

Julie said...

I have a 5K walk on Saturday. I wanted to jog it but with this race you either walk or run you can mix it up so it's a walk for me. I'm not able to run the full thing yet (better hurry though because on the 4th of Jun I'm running my first running race.
I need to head to bed but I am learning as I go here.
Take care and God Bless!!