What is a Good Time For a 10K
Because sometimes it’s nice to know how your running times measure up!
Are you running your first 10K this Autumn? You probably have a ton of questions, including “what’s considered a good time for a first 10K?” We’d urge you to focus on enjoying the experience. But there’s nothing wrong with wanting to run a decent time, too!
Finish Times Are Personal
It’s called a PB for a reason: it’s a “personal” best. Race times are subjective. So many factors need to be taken into account:
- Is the course flat or hilly?
- Will the temperature be hot, cold, or comfortable?
- Do you perform better in certain weather conditions?
- Will it be a crowded race?
- What was your starting point for training?
- And did your training go to plan (or did life get in the way)?
- What’s “Good” For You?
One woman’s 10K triumph could be another woman’s mid-week training run time. So don’t get too hung up on comparing yourself to anyone else. At least not for your first or second time doing any new race distance.
Check Last Year’s Times
A good way to see what’s considered good for this particular race is to check last year’s race results. After all, the course will be the same. And it was probably run at the same time of year, so the weather is likely to be similar.
See The Full Range
Whilst you’re looking at last year’s results, take a look at the full range of finish times. The fastest could be around 40 minutes, and the slowest 1 hour 20 or more. This just goes to show what a wide range of women runners turn up at local 10Ks. No matter how new you are to running, and whatever pace you go at, you deserve to be there.
Compare Like With Like
Try looking at finish times in your age group. If you’re in your 50s, it’s not realistic to compare yourself to women in their 20s. So break the times down further into age groups to compare like with like. Age-graded results are a way of comparing your finish time to other people of your age and gender.
Try An Online Calculator
There are plenty of race-time predictors available online. Put in your typical minute-per-mile training time, and it will give you a reasonable estimate of your 10K finish time. But don’t get too emotionally invested in that number. It’s important that you don’t feel disappointed on the day should you run a bit slower!
Your Only Competition Is Yourself
Finally, don’t think too much about what is a “good” finish time for your 10K. Think about why you’re doing the race – and why you run at all! It’s because you love it, right? It’s a challenge, it helps you get fitter, and it gives you a massive sense of achievement every time you run. Your 10K finish time (whatever it is!) will tick all those boxes, and on an even grander scale.
Whatever your finish time at your 10K ends up being, we hope you feel very proud of yourself!