>Look What I Can Do!>5K PR. Finally I have done it!!!
Yeah. Keep doing what you're doing.
If I remember right, you've only been at this for a year or so. If you stay consistent and keep working, you'll keep improving for years to come. As you've learned, making progress in running is a long-term endeavor with peaks and valleys. If you keep at it, you'll look back at this 5k just like you look back now at those runs a year ago...it's only in that sense that you are scratching the surface.
"I've been following Eddy's improvement over the last two years on this site, and it's been pretty dang solid. Sure the weekly mileage has been up and down, but over the long haul he's getting out the door and has turned himself into quite a runner. He's only now just figuring out his potential. Consistency in running is measured in years, not weeks. And over the last couple of years, Eddy's made great strides" Jeff 14 Jan 2009
Jiggle, jiggle, jiggle.
Rick "The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." - Juma Ikangaa "I wanna go fast." Ricky Bobbyrunningforcassy.blogspot.com
E.J.Greater Lowell Road RunnersCry havoc and let slip the dawgs of war!May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your SPF30, may the rains fall soft upon your sweat-wicking hat, and until you hit the finish line may The Flying Spaghetti Monster hold you in the hollow of His Noodly Appendage.
Congrats Eddy, your progress in both weight loss and speed has been great to follow. In another thread you compared your progress to another new runner, and my comment was something along the lines of "you don't seem to realize how exceptional your performance has been..." Exceptional indeed, it's nothing short of amazing in my book.
The only potential drawbacks to a real 5K are going out too fast, or congestion at the start. The upside is significant. You'll have the excitement (never underestimate adrenaline), competition (I can reel that guy/gal in...) and an honest to God finish line to kick to. I'm betting you get your new goal, keep doing what you're doing.
That is awesome, you definitely should improve a lot over the next couple years. I may have to try out some low heart rate training since I continuously train myself to the ground.
One thing of advice I have for you is be careful when doing workouts 2-3 days in a row. Try to give yourself 1-3 days of low heart rate training in between workouts. It may be fine now but if you continue not to give yourself enough recovery it will take its toll on you in a couple months. I've done this quite a few times myself and it really sucks.
Congratulations, though. It is really exciting to see your improvement. I'll hopefully be going for a sub 18 5k here not to far from now. What kind of training are you planning on doing now?