Part of my 2013 Goals – Running is to work on improving my speed. I knew this would be hard since my first priority is getting myself healthy and back in running shape and my second priority is redemption for my first, and only, marathon which was horrid. Because of that I am spending a large part of this year focused on marathon training which means lots of long slow distance and not many attempts to PR short races.
I signed up for this race series to force myself to work on speed a little bit while marathon training in the hopes that I can increase my speed every single run and push myself to be a bit faster.
My 5 by the 5th – Race 1 Recap – January
5 mile total = 47.57 total
Average per mile = 9:35 pace
5 by the 5th – Race 2 – February
5 mile total = 47:00 total
Average per mile = 9:23 pace
I am ecstatic that I was able to beat my time from last month, even more so because the route we ran this time required us (T paced me, most brilliant run buddy ever!) to stop at some red lights and we still finished faster than I did last time, which means if there had been no stops it would have been even faster than that. Exciting!
However, I will admit that it is still a tough to look at a time like this and realize I pushed very hard for that time when I ran pretty close to 9 minutes flat in my last few races preinjury. I was huffing and puffing wishing the run was over for the entire 5 miles, but I pushed through and made it. I am slowly getting stronger and healthier.
Well, maybe not the healthier. I actually barely got this run in before the flu struck and I spent my Super Bowl Sunday feeling much less than super. Maybe I should have suspected something was up when I spent the first bit of our run telling T how an elevator ride had kicked my butt that day. (Seriously, I am not joking, it was only one story up, and one story down, and it about made me puke. Maybe that should have been a hint of things to come.)
My goals overall remain pretty much the same:
My For Sure Goal:
– I will run each of my 5 by the 5th races faster than the one before.
My Achievable (with hard work & recovery) Goal:
– I will reach 45 minutes by the last 5 by the 5th run.
My Pie is the Sky Goal:
– I will run my last 5 by the 5th at either:
– 45 minutes all hill (5 miles over and back on the Cooper River Bridge)
– 40 minutes on flat terrain
*Heck, I may even try both that last month.
* FYI – I have never broke sub 9 minutes on anything, close, but never quite there & hills are the devil!
Are you participating in 5 by the 5th or any other virtual run challenges?
What’s one of your running goals for this year?