Back on track
Today was my first time at the track in forever. I did a 5K speed workout to get ready for the 5K I run almost every summer in my hometown (it’s July 4). I would not say I have been specifically training for it but I thought it might be useful to do a little prep since I haven’t done a 5K since March and I’m rusty. Last year I ran a 29:55 unofficial (they NEVER PUT UP THE RESULTS) which was a course PR and 18 seconds off my 5K PR. This year I’m going to try to PR because, heck, why not?
The workout was: 8-10 repeats of 1 minute at goal pace, 1 minute recovery jog. My goal pace overall for the 5K is 9:30 so I tried to run these between 9:00 and 9:30 pace. In retrospect, maybe too big a window? Paces for splits were as follows: 9:20, 9:04, 8:51 (too fast), 9:09, 9:05, 9:25, 9:28, 9:22, 9:07. I had a lot of trouble with finding the pace – on all of these I went out too fast, and repeats 6-8 where I thought I was running more evenly, I think I was just running slower. Still, after the first one (which was a little shock to the system) I felt they were fast but not all-out-gonna-die fast.
What makes all this pace talk somewhat irrelevant is that the 5K in question is very hilly (almost no flat portions), so it’s unlikely I will be running 9:30 pace for any of it; I’ll just be trying to hammer the downhills and hang on for the uphills. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ At least I feel like I’m doing something.
Unlike most mornings I wrote this over a nice leisurely breakfast because I didn’t have to be in till 9:30. It would be nice if I had this schedule all the time, but I would probably waste that time (took me FOREVER to stop dawdling and get out the door today).