The 5K is a beast and I hate everything about it.
I’m not fast enough to say, “well at least it’s over in 20 minutes” and I’m not novice enough to say, “I just want to get to the finish line in one piece.” Instead I’m just below average and have to embrace the pain for over half an hour.
Last night I ran a 5K time trial to help determine my paces for marathon training. My goal was to run 36:51 or 11:52 pace so that the McMillian calculator would list 5:59 as a feasible finishing time.
During my drive into work yesterday I noted that it was already 86 degrees at 8am. Groan.
I knew it would be nice and toasty by the time I got around to running after work… and I was right. According to my phone it was 84*F with a real feel of 89*F when I began my run.
I was burning up by 1/2 a mile in and I wondered if I would even come close to achieving my goal. I thought about how stupid it was to run a time trial when it was so hot out, and I thought about how stupid it was to race after a full day of work. Mostly I just thought about how stupid 5Ks are.
All of those thoughts seemed to aggravate me enough to run fast (for me) because I knocked out a time of 37:07 or 11:58/mi.
My goal was 36:51 or 11:52 pace so I missed that by 16 seconds … which sucks. I tried so hard to push it at the end and make up those seconds but I fell short.
I know exactly what went wrong. At the beginning of mile 3 I was really fading and I told myself it was okay to run easy for a minute and I willingly dropped my pace. I would feel bad about that except it really felt necessary.
Even though I missed my goal time I’m still pretty happy with this run because it represents where I am at today. It doesn’t represent where I will be at the beginning of October. I’ll be better by then!
The McMillian calculator now estimates my marathon finishing time as 6:01 based on last night’s run. By the end of this training cycle I hope that I can shave those two minutes off to go into race day with a realistic goal of 5:59.
My coach and I will be talking soon and she’ll be able to give me more insight into goal planning, training strategy and more.
Maybe Cecil will give me some tips too, he’s really good about sprinting around the house at paces I can’t even imagine running.
I hope that you’re week is off to a great start and Wednesday treats you well.
I have the day off from running – not sure what I’m going to do for active recovery yet. What are you planning to do today? Run? Lift? Something else?