If you’ve been following my recaps, you know I’ve come a long way. Eventually, I added track workouts to my training and retaught my body how to run at my natural pace. I tested my speed at 5ks every weekend and saw concrete progress. But I still, after all these years of running, have unfinished business with 5ks. I still feel like my PR is not my potential, but then again, I’ve never really commit myself to reaching a certain time.
So this quote rings true:
5ks aren’t going anywhere though! And one day (when the planets align) I’ll be able to actually train for the 5k speed I want to see.
The Firecracker 5k I ran this past weekend was one I’ve run before–years ago, when there were about 100 people participating. Now it’s part of our area’s Veterans race circuit and has become extremely popular. Again, it’s so great to see races donating all of their net proceeds to such worthy causes.
My goal was to be right around the same time as my last 5k–like the quote says, without a detailed plan to get me any faster than that, I can’t expect much more of myself.
The day was surprisingly humid and I felt like my legs got off to a sluggish start. I focused on my cadence and was satisfied with my first mile considering how I felt. I got a little nervous when I still couldn’t find that next gear for the second mile, but I did end up negative splitting, and by mile three I was firing on all cylinders.
My watch never says 3.1 anymore (is every single 5k race I run short??), so my official results never match up with my watch.
I earned myself some more hardware and felt super satisfied with my 5k progress over that past couple of months.
So goodbye 5ks! Next weekend I’ll be doing my first long run (check out my long run plan here). I’ll be continuing my weekly track workouts and adding my tempo run during the week.
This post is linked up at Running ‘N’ Reading for the Weekend Update!