Hi everyone, I'm also looking to go sub 20 mins for a 5k in 2015.
I was stuck around 21 minutes for a long time but after joining my local running club in the summer of 2013 and doing track intervals on Tuesday evenings, my 5k time dropped from 21.08 to 20.19 between early September and late November last year (this included 5 consecutive parkrun PB's).
Since then I've never quite got back to the level of fitness I had a year or so back and the training has been erratic but would love to run a sub 20 5k. I shall be 47 soon though so I don't have time on my side.
Plan on doing a parkrun this Saturday which will be my first one for around 6 weeks during which time I've started doing the Tuesday track sessions again and have upped my mileage to around 30 miles which I was doing last year.
Sine I last posted on this thread last summer, I had a good autumn which peaked in November when I set a parkrun PB of 20.19. Things went downhill somewhat in December/January which was mostly my fault as my weekly mileage dropped somewhat due to the vile weather.
Have recently got back to doing the sort of stuff that worked well for me a few months back (regular speedwork & long runs) and managed a 20.43 parkrun recently. Doing a 10K race next Sunday so will be interesting to see how that goes.
Hi to all the regular posters on this thread (Daz etc) from the post. Hope you all have a good year, plenty of PB's and few injuries.
Hi, I've done Dulwich parkrun four times since early September and is the only parkrun course where I managed a PB each time (time had dropped from 21.08 - 20.45). Like the original poster, my target is a sub 20 minute time
Would be interested to know what pacing strategy works best on a flat course like Dulwich. Even splits or is it best to go out a little quicker than target pace for the first mile?
PS What are the other really quick parkrun courses in London?
Hi Daz, you seem to be keeping this thread going on your own! Good luck with your 5k road race. Would be great if you could get a PB.
Haven't posted here since the end of last year and since then I managed a parkrun PB in May of 20.36 (Nonsuch Park) and went a little quicker still (20.29) on a flat road race.
Have been struggling recently due to the warmer weather. Did the Standard Chartered City 5K road race yesterday and managed to got through 2 miles in 12.57 but badly ran out of steam in the last mile or so and ended up doing 21.28. In warm/hot weather my endurance falls apart.
Well done Becky. If you managed 25.21 just last year you should be able to go sub 25 again with the right training and providing you stay injury free. I'm sure you're daughter will be able to advise you on what sort of training you should be doing.
I warmed up for my 10K race today with a parkrun yesterday which is probably not the best preparation. Time was 21.32 which is about 30 secs off my parkrun PB but was very muddy and hard work on the grass sections.
Todays 10k race was much better as was 4 laps on the path of a local park with just a short 100m ish section on grass. Quite pleased with my time of 44.04 which is my best 10K time for a long while.
Doing another 5K race in London (Hyde Park) in a couple of weeks. Hoping to beat my September time of 20.52. Have a chance as again all on the the paths around Hyde Park with no slippery muddy grass to worry about.