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#3142674 - 01/28/13 03:46 PM Re: Math majors and maybe even runners...question. [Re: thetoolman]
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 Originally Posted By: thetoolman
 Originally Posted By: Nyper
The correct answer is...

28 / 3.2 = 8.75 = 8 min 45 sec

Now do it backwards to check it and make sure it is right.

8m 45s x 3.2 miles = 28 miles


You may want to re-read the question.... \:D


And double check the mileage of a 5K ;\)
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#3142677 - 01/28/13 03:48 PM Re: Math majors and maybe even runners...question. [Re: Bottom Hunter]
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I was one class away from a math minor, so I'd better leave this one to the pros. \:D
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#3142693 - 01/28/13 04:01 PM Re: Math majors and maybe even runners...question. [Re: thetoolman]
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 Originally Posted By: thetoolman

You may want to re-read the question.... \:D


Yep.. I misunderstood what he was asking. I was just thinking what "pace" (time per mile) he would need.

This is why I don't run.
or do math. \:D

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#3142702 - 01/28/13 04:10 PM Re: Math majors and maybe even runners...question. [Re: fredfred]
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 Originally Posted By: fredfred
My daughter runs it in 19:20 \:D


is your daughter 56 years old and ran her first 5K last year ....in 28:39?

lol



Edited by Bottom Hunter (01/28/13 04:12 PM)
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#3142707 - 01/28/13 04:20 PM Re: Math majors and maybe even runners...question. [Re: thetoolman]
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In my opinion, the best way to look at it is: "what do you need to average on your mile splits to finish in 28:00 minutes?"

You will have a wrist watch when you run and the course will include mile markers so it's best to work towards that. I understand that you are training on the treadmill, but you will probably train at distances other than 5k as you prepare. For instance, one day you might choose to run a "fast-paced" mile. Or intervals. Or a steady 5 mile run.

This little tool (which I didn't check the math) gives you the splits:
http://www.uscaa.org/goodies/splitsCalc.html?w=0&d=5&du=km&hh=0&mm=28&ss=0&p=&pu=min/mi&s=1&su=mi

It looks like you need to run a steady 9 min mile pace throughout the race to finish in 28:00 minutes.

Hope this helps.

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#3142712 - 01/28/13 04:24 PM Re: Math majors and maybe even runners...question. [Re: -DRM-]
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 Originally Posted By: -DRM-
I'll ignore the math and focus more on the problem:

IMHO, trying to train based on mph. is doing it backwards, and doesn't really get you anywhere. It assumes a constant speed - which I can tell you, won't happen in real life.

What is your current 5k time on a treadmill (or road)?

Run faster till you get it under 28 minutes

Enjoy.



Your training strategy really doesn't make much sense to me.


Not that I asked for your opinion, but I'll accept it none the less.

The reason I ask is because when I am running, I have no idea how fast I am running. Yes, I can clock myself and try to get to point A in a certain amount of time and if I get there on time then I must be running at the proper speed/average. if I am not, then I have no idea how fast to speed up.

My training on the treadmill allows me to see on the treadmill how fast I am going and the time it is taking me to get to the end of the 5k, be it 3.1 or 3.2 miles...it's not about anything other than time and if i say that i want to run a race a certain disatnce in 28:00 then I need to know how fast I need to run...right?

If I train at a certain pace and train myself to run that speed, then maybe once I am out on the road, when the weather gets better, I can stay at that speed.....rather than speeding up when I slow down and don't get to mile 1 or two three under the time I expect...

IMO, running a steady pace and getting used to that would be better than not knowing how fast I am going and having to adjust (speed up) while on the road...speeding up and being unsure of my speed might take more out of me than being able to run a steady pace....

Sort of like setting the cruise control on your vehicle to save gas....

thanks
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#3142734 - 01/28/13 04:39 PM Re: Math majors and maybe even runners...question. [Re: Bottom Hunter]
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Ok, set your timer for 28:00 and start running until it goes off and if you didn't get to 3.2 miles, reset timer and run a little faster back to where you started. Repeat as many times as needed until you reach your goal!
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#3142983 - 01/28/13 07:44 PM Re: Math majors and maybe even runners...question. [Re: iowavf]
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A ford mustang traveling at 140 MPH can make it in 1.35 minutes.

Why run when you can fly?
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#3143031 - 01/28/13 08:14 PM Re: Math majors and maybe even runners...question. [Re: FLTENNHUNTER1]
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Thanks for the explanation.

If your treadmill has speeds and and a timer, I'd just get to running and find your natural pace and stride. Careful with music - you'll change your stride/pace based on the beat of the song.

Best thing you can do is start logging some miles. Your body will sort the rest out.
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