Monday I set out to go for an easy 3.1 mile run. It was actually warm out, 59 degrees to be exact, so I wore an old race shirt and compression shorts for the first time of the year!
Like usual, I get going and feel pretty good so I go from an easy run to a pace improving run. I was really hauling for Mile 1 and actually surprised myself with a 7:33 min/mi pace! Since I knew I was not yet prepared to maintain this pace, I took it down a notch to a 8:20 min/mi pace. I was hoping to be able to pick up the pace again for the last mile but I was running against the wind the entire time. With 0.30 miles left, I hit the wall and I knew I wouldn’t be able to go any faster. In the home stretch I dug in deep and kept going to finish strong for a time of 25:07.
I’m really excited I was able to improve on my pace again this week. I think I should make Mondays my “fast” days to work on my 5K pace. My best time that I will be aiming to beat is 23:03 which was my time on a 5K Fun Run. That was kind of a joke since there were only about 4 serious runners and the rest were kids and their parents. Not surprisingly I was 3rd overall and the 1st female.
My fastest mile according to my Garmin is 6:45 so that is something I also want to improve on in the next few months.
What is your fastest 5K?