One of my 2013 Goals – Running is to work on improving my speed. I knew that this would be a very tricky running goal since I am spending Jan-April and then July-Oct in serious marathon training mode during which I am way more focused on distance than speed.
However, I still want to challenge myself and the perfect opportunity came along when I found:
I signed up hoping this would make me add a bit of speed work into my normal marathon training plan with the goal of running each race a bit faster than the one before (as I slowly get healthier and am able to improve my speed post injury).
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 Recap – February
5 mile total = 47:00 total
Average per mile = 9:23 pace
At first I was torn by these results:
This is probably the fastest I have run in almost a year because of all my injuries! Happy squeal! Plus I improved my time way more than I thought I would. (I was shooting for 46:ish.)
Then I remembered that 2 years ago I ran an entire half marathon at this exact pace, and the grump hit hard! I kept thinking how all 13.1 miles had felt smooth and comfortable, whereas these 5 miles were intense – I was huffing and puffing and thought I was not going to make it because I was pushing myself so hard. It was a bit depressing to have the exact same time on a much shorter run and to have to push SO FREAKIN’ HARD for it.
However, I quickly knocked that Negative Nancy out of my head and instead took that half empty glass and filled it all the way up with a lot of “Woohoo!” and “Holy crap you’re getting faster!” Now I am pretty darn proud.
My 5 by the 5th Goals:
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. Almost there sooner than I thought!
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 doing any virtual races this month?
If I do hit a PR, but it is in a virtual race does it count?