I don't monitor my heart rate on a regular basis. I should start and put my Garmin to work.
My 5k PR is 21:37.
For logging purposes...
My easy pace is between 8:00 and 9:00 - most comfortable at 8:20
Between 7:00 and 8:00 I consider a medium pace.
Between 6:00 and 7:00 is tempo/race pace.
I've been trying to follow Daniels' VDOT tables. For my 5K PR of ~21:38, he recommends an easy pace of around 9:17, which seems to be about right under ideal conditions.
My 5k pr is 20:17 and I aim to run outdoors at 8:30 for easy pace runs.
Good luck at your next 5K. I hope it goes well.
Another question that may be of interest is the total number of easy miles done each week and 5K PR. I do between 30 and 35 miles per week easy pace (between 9:00 and 10:30)
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done to hard sessions this week to prepare me for a sub 20 attempt
Tues: 8x800m at 5:47 pace with 1 min recovery
Thurs: 5x1mile at 6:21 pace with 2.5 mins rest.
Both were me working really hard, and I was nervous about them seeing as though I have just come out of y base building.
What you guys think? Any comments welcome, and comparisons with your times so I can equate it to how I may perform in my next 5K.
If you can do those workouts then I'm not sure what is stopping you. I couldn't do that when I first went sub 20 in the 5k.
Note that I currently use the McMillan pace calculator: http://www.mcmillanrunning.com/mcmillanrunningcalculator.htm
Pace ranges for all training distances are based off my 5k & 10k PRs. They line up exactly.
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