Running tip #41 …
Harkening back to the ACC championships I wrote about in #39, I wanted to give you an easy tip for calculating how fast you should be able to race a 10k if you’ve never run one before. Anyone who ran cross-country in high school knows his/her 5k PR … so, to accurately predict your 10k time use this simple formula: take your 5k time and double it; then, if you are a male, add a minute and if you are a female, add 75 seconds.
Example … I ran 15:52 for 5k my senior year at UNC before ever trying the 10k.
15:52 doubled = 31:44
I’m a female … so, 31:44 + 75 seconds = 32:59
I ran 33:01 at ACC’s (a near bullseye) because this fail-safe formula helped me predict my time and plan my race accordingly.
“Will you do me a favor? Will you take that rate and double it!?”