Thursday, September 1, 2011

Three Things Thursday

I’ve got a 5k race this Saturday.  Its my first 5k race since May where I set my most recent 5k PR.  I’ve got a few goals in mind …

1.  5k Race Goals

My current 5k PR is 31:55 that I set in May.  The 5k I am racing this Saturday in the exact same course.  When I ran my PR 5k in May I was just coming off of 10 weeks of slowly returning to running.  My only goal for that race was to run for 30 minutes then walk if needed to finish.  I surprised myself with sub 11-minute miles for the first two miles and knew I could PR if I picked up the pace.  And I did with a sub 10-minute third mile and a sprint to the finish {8:12 pace the last 10th of the race}.  I had just started WW and I had lost 2-3lbs already.  For this Saturday’s race I’ve got some more specific goals.  And I’ve lost 10lbs since that race in May.

    • “A” Goal – 30 min 5k
    • “B” Goal – sub 31:55 5k for a new PR
    • “C” Goal – finish

I ran a 30:25 5k last week with one easy mile and two fast miles so I’m confident that I will set a new PR.  I’ve been working really hard and dedicated to speed work all summer and it has really paid off.  I’m not sure if I’ll get close to a 30 min 5k but it won’t hurt to aim for that.  I’m well aware that anything can happen on race day so “to finish” is always one my goals! 

2.  5k Race Strategies

Last week when I ran my fastest 5k time ever on my tempo run I was running fartleks.  And that’s my race strategy for this weekend.  I don’t know why I’ve never thought about using fartleks during a race before but I’m excited to see how I do come Saturday!

3.  Step down week!

One other reason I’m excited for the 5k this weekend --- it means this is a step down week!  Woohoo.  I love running and I do really enjoy long runs but to have a break is a good thing and I’m looking forward to it. 


What are you excited about on this Thursday?!?


Michelle said...

I'm going to the gym tonight and plan to have a really great workout. Pushing myself beyond my comfort zone!

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Good luck on your race!