Posted: 14/12/2014 at 07:34
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!