GUYS. I finally PRed in the 5k distance! Woo hoo!!!
On Sunday September 6th I ran the Mt. Nittany 5k. It is a 5k that was being offered as another option during a local marathon. It was the first year that they offered the 5k. I have volunteered for the marathon in the past but decided to run the 5k this year since I don’t have many 5ks on the calendar this year. I do feel I have been getting faster and I wanted the opportunity to see how fast I could run a 5k.
I had 9 miles scheduled for Sunday for my training plan, so I planned to do the 5k and then tack on an extra 6. Since I ran the 5k HARD, I cut my run a bit short, totaling around 7.5 for the day.
The race started promptly at 9am. The weather was comfortable – low 60s and cloudy.
My goal was to run it as fast and as hard as I could, and suck up the pain and discomfort for the 3 miles. I did not plan to take walk breaks but figured if there came a time when I really felt I needed it, I could do it.
Mile 0-1 – 10:07
I felt good and let myself get caught up in the initial fast running. What the heck. I’d sustain it as I could. It was mostly flat with a glorious downhill right around the 1 mile marker that I ran down as quickly as I could.
Mile 1-2 – 10:41
Mile two included more flat road, until the hill at about 1.6. I gave myself a 20 second walk break part of the way up the hill – I could tell my heart rate was high and wanted to bring it down a smidge without hurting my pace.
Mile 2-3 – 10:07
I talked to myself a lot during this mile. I told myself to suck it up and to not give up now. I knew a PR was in sight if I didn’t mentally give in to the discomfort. I took another 15 second walk break to give myself a slight break before trying to run as hard and fast as possible to the finish line.
3-0.3 – 15.7 seconds – 8:25 pace
The course measured a smidge short on my Garmin but I am still counting this as a big ol’ PR!
Finishing time (Garmin) 31:10 – Average pace: 10:17 – Best Pace: 8:23 (what? how?) – OT: 31:11
My last 5k PR was set in April of 2010, and I beat that time by 1:50! I also cut a little more than THREE minutes of my last 5k time – at the triathlon relay!