This is my ultimate 5k goal. I'm female, 41, and started running in 2007. Since following the P & D marathon plan in 2013, ive seen my times improve across the board and have had a good year again this year with things coming together.
I took my 5k time down to 20:27 in September (having previously set a PB of 20:54 in November last year and only scraping a second of it during the earlier part of the year. I put this down to sheer determination - it was my birthday and my 50th Parkrun and I wanted a PB and was having it!
This year I've set PBs across the board with a goal of going sub 45 for 10k (don't run many but managed 43:46) in March, 1:35:58 for a half marathon in November, and 1:11:37 for 10 miles last week.
My training is not focused enough on short distance to achieve the goal! I've got a Pfitzinger book - Serious Road Racing? (I think) which has 5 k plans and I may give that a go at some point next year. Initially though, I've got a half marathon, 10 mile and possibly 10k before April that I'd like to do so it will have to wait a bit.
Until then, I'll hopefully get some reps in with my club (one week long, one week short) as I've not consistently done these in ages! I also run 7 miles, parkrun and a long run up to 15 miles depending on what race is next, so usually 4 runs a week.
The other thing I do which one of my training buddies reckons is attributable for the PBs this year is Pilates. I'm in an advanced class with my local physio practice and as a result have greatly increased my core strength.
I'll be interested in hearing how you get inm and hopefully will pick up some good training tips along the way!
Still very icy here. Park pakrun cancelled, so went to the beach. checked that the volunteer roster was full & left as too many icy bits for my liking. Lots of hardy souls ran anyway, so I think no more directing for me until spring as I'd have cancelled it! Walked to town later and had to walk on the road as the pave ends are horrible! Hopefully get out tomorrow.
Big G, glad you enjoyed the show. I thought they did amazingly well and loved the set etc.
No running for me since Tuesday. Been out a couple of evenings and the planned reps last night didn't happen as the pavements were like bottles! I've got a feeling tomorrow morning may be the same as we've had rain this afternoon and the temperature's due to plummet again tonight. Very frustrating! Depending on how it is, I may do the parkrun which is at the park (rather than the beach which is the faster course). In town tonight with my sis buying a TV for my dad's birthday - 70 next Saturday.