Several friends and I ran a small local 5K on Saturday. Several of our kids did the 1 mile run as well. It was fun to share a race with friends!
This was my first 5K since June of last year, and this spring I have been training much more focused on 5Ks, so I knew a PR was possible. My speed workout has been specifically geared towards 5K paces – I’ve been doing it at 6 min pace, which would be 18:38 5K.
Going out, we were running into a nasty wind coming in off the water. My legs were feeling heavy and I was beginning to think it wouldn’t happen. There were 3 guys in front of me. I hit mile 1 in 5:53 – no wonder my legs felt heavy! That was exactly where I wanted to be. Just before the turnaround, I pass a guy and am closing on the next guy. The leader is enough out in front that I know I’ll never see him. I pull even with the guy in 2nd and we run together. Mile 2 is 6:05 – a bit slower than I wanted but still in good shape. I love having someone to work with! I pull ahead probably around 2.75 miles. I was pretty sure he’d have a good kick. Sure enough, when we round the corner for the final stretch, he bolts past me.
I hit the line in 18:39! Exactly the pace I’ve been training for – and a 15 second PR!!
I felt really good, and honestly felt like I had a bit left that I could have used in that last mile. Normally I finish a 5K and think “Ugh I hated that! I hate 5Ks! Never again!” But this time it was “Wow, when’s the next?!” I guess the speed workouts are working!! :)
And I guess I need to start doing speed workouts at a 5:55 pace (18:22 5K).