Going into this 5K series I had some big goals because of all the speed and strength work I have been doing over the last 3 months at Orange Theory Fitness. I always set A, B, and C goals for races in hopes that no matter what happens I will meet at least one of my goals.
These are my goals for the races in this 5K series:
C – finish sub 29
B – finish sub 28
A – set a new PR under 27:30.6
A huge storm had rolled through right before the race, courtesy of Tropical Storm Anna, and it cooled everything way off. The temperature dropped by about 20 degrees so I knew this was the perfect night to try for a PR. My plan was to run the first mile around 9:00, then keep kicking it up if I felt good, running the second in 8:45, and going all out to run the final mile in about 8:30.
It started off pretty tough and I felt like I was really pushing for my 9:00 minute/mile goal, but finally about half a mile in my legs kicked in and things became a bit easier. Don’t get me wrong, 5Ks are TOUGH! However, it started to feel manageably hard as opposed to impossible. I reminded myself this was a race not a run and that a PR attempt wouldn’t be easy and took it up a notch when I hit the mile 1 sign.
At this point I started passing people who went out too fast and that was a great confidence boost. I just focused on the person in front of me and trying to pick them off one by one. I was running a very fast pace for me and really pushing it, but being able to out run some others was giving me the motivation I needed to not back off.
Finally, the mile 2 sign came and I ran what I swear was the longest mile EVER! I knew if I could pick it up a bit more I would meet my original race pacing plan and be able to PR by about 15-20 seconds. The first few tenths of a mile I was super motivated, but 2.3 – 2.8 it took everything I had to keep pushing like crazy and not just stop and walk. Finally, with the finish in sight I gave it all I had, which was not much at that point, a sign I had run hard the entire time.
I crossed the finish line with an official time of 26:36 which is a HUGE PR!
I am really proud because I stuck to my pacing plan pretty well even though it was tough.
Mile 1= 8:54 (pacing goal = 9:00)
Mile 2 = 8:50 (pacing goal = 8:45)
Mile 3 = 8:33 (pacing goal = 8:30)
Last 0.1 = 8:13 ((pacing goal = Run like heck!)
My time was good enough to slide me in 5th place in my age group (30-34) and meant that I just barely got an age group award, they give them out five places deep. I walked away with a cute little bear to add to my collection from this race series.
*I understand this may be my best race of the series since the temperature is supposed to climb about 15-20 degrees before the race next week, so I am really enjoying my new PR time.
Thanks to Mizuno Running for my awesome race outfit. I wore the Tamayu Tank, Featherweight 3/4 Tight, and the Wave Sayonara 2 for my PR push.
Do you enjoy 5K races or think they are crazy tough?
I personally would take a half marathon over the pain of a 5K any day, but I am trying to challenge myself and mix it up a bit.