A goal of mine in 2012 is to run a 5k in 20.12. Last night I tried to run fast, albeit after a hard morning's straining and training, in the Summer Series 5k "Boat House East". A tricky little course but one I do train on occasionally. With (according to my Garmin) splits of 10:12 and 10:00, it was the target time of 20:12 already, to my surprise. But it is bound to be rounded up in the official results. So near!
However the "bad news is", my Garmin registered the distance as 4.86k, so the start/finish line was a bit out. The extra bit would have been flat, firm sand; my time projects to ~20.45 or so. Not near at all! But a good result all the same, at this stage. If I can manage to stay on track, March's 5k championships should be the breakthrough.
I am still working hard and not letting up on the training. Streak=40 days and counting. Weeks = 100k each, as this one should be. Although, I am doing today's long run tomorrow and running only 10 or 12k today, I am a bit sleepy! Serves me right for pushing the pace last night.
Jogalong result 5 February
Michelle Wells W40 25:26
Cathy Montalto W55 35:14
Here is an interesting article which might encourage people to enter more races as an integral part of their training. What the author calls "pre-race" and "post-race workouts", we might call long warm-ups and cool-downs. But I totally agree that elite runners should incorporate races into their training, rather than just saving themselves for the rare "important" race. I not only agree, but I practice this too. For example yesterday. Not that I'm elite. http://running.competitor.com/2012/01/training/train-to-race-by-training-and-racing-at-the-same-time_45579
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