I thought it could be a great idea to get a timed 5k under my belt to see where I am now and to give me a base for the year to come. Great idea!
I arrived feeling very nervous. I'm always nervous before any sort of speedwork.i think I just want to perform at my best, whether it is a race or just 400m repeats - I want to reach my goals! I went for just over half a mile warm up, then went to start the event.
There where a lot of people running, all different ages and abilities - and a bunch of first timers. It had a very friendly atmosphere, everyone was very welcoming to the newbies! The run started and took us through the beautiful park, on trails. I started out a little too fast, and into the second mile I wanted to quit! I kept pushing, and had positive splits. Not the best racing I've done.
Mile 1: 7:51
Mile 2: 8:03
Mile 3: 8:04
Mile 0.1: 7:04
But I got a PR! I think it was about 20 seconds faster than my previous time. I finally broke 25 minutes, with an official time of 24:46. I am extremely happy with this, the last month I have barely run at all -I think I ran 37 miles in December, compared with over 100 for October and November each.
I then cooled down with an easy jog to make my mileage for the day a total of 4 miles.
Now I am excited to have a great base, and see if I can improve on my time. My ambitious goal may be to now break 24 minutes!
Today I was thinking of a longer run, but my calves are feeling a little sore so I am taking a rest day. I will start my long runs soon enough!