Can we talk about the 5K for a minute?
It’s just 3.1 miles of hell, right?
A couple of weeks ago Adam and I signed up to do a Jingle Bell 5K the weekend before Christmas.
It’s a convenient race for us because the start and finish line are both within walking distance of our house, and it seems kind of fun because a lot of people will be dressed up as Santa for the race!
In fact, instead of giving out t-shirts at packet pickup, all participants will receive a Santa costume to run the race in!
I won’t be dressing up as Santa though because I’ll be gunning for a final new PR to close out 2014.
December in Fort Lauderdale can be brutally hot so I’m not sure if I would be wearing the Santa suit anyway, but I hope other people do! 🙂
I’m excited to be running another race with Adam – the last 5K he did with me was back in February. (I am using the phrase “with me” loosely since he runs at about 8 minute pace and of course… I do not!)
I’m not excited because it’s a 5K! I don’t think any other race distance intimidates me as much! I don’t do any specific training for 5Ks other than the speedwork that I do in general so it’s just sort of like tackling a race on the fly.
The last 5K I did was in September and my (positive) splits were as follows:
Mile 1– 12:05
Mile 2 – 12:33
Mile 3 – 12:58
My finishing time was 38:53 which was a 15 second PR.
When I cross the finishing line at the Jingle Bell Jog I hope to PR by at least a minute (as always my goal will be to get as close to 36:00 as possible), and of course I hope my splits are more negative than positive :).
When I ran the 5K in September I was at the very end of marathon training. The weekend prior I had run my 20-miler and the day before the 5K I had run 12 miles. This time I’ll be going into the 5K with fresher legs which gives me hope!
I’m writing all of this now a good two weeks in advance to psych myself up for the race.
I’M RUNNING A 5K AND I’M GOING TO PR!
We gotta close out the year with a bang, right?
Are you working towards a final fitness goal for 2014?
Have you figured out your goals for 2015 yet? Too early to talk about that?
PS: Congrats to Kristen for earning a shiny new marathon PR at CIM yesterday and congrats to my coach for coming in first place female at her half marathon over the weekend! Way to kick butt!