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Topic - 5K advice

Traveller - on 05 Jan 2013
How realistic is a 20 minute 5k?

I ran my first 5k a week ago. I used to do quite a bit of running (though was never much good) mainly half marathons and the like, and speed-work etc with the local running club. But due to current circumstances 5k is more suitable because of time available for training etc (difficult to find time for long runs).

I hadn't trained for the 5k per se, and did it on a whim, but have been doing a couple of short (2.5 miles) runs per week, and fairly intense circuit training twice a week, mainly for general fitness/weight loss for climbing.

I did the 5K in 22.27; given that my focus is climbing, not running, is it completely unrealistic to aim for a 20m 5K by the summer? How much training do people normally put in to get that time?

Any advice much appreciated.
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