Improving Your 5K

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Sub 6mpm pace - 18:36 or bust! (Read 927 times)

    I'm gonna throw my hat in the ring for this. I've never run a 5k race, but I've got one pencilled in for the 30th of June. I did a 3 miler last year in 18:27 which I think works out at about 19:05 so with my training since then I should be there or there abouts.
      I did my first ever 5k last night and managed a 18:20 (first 2.24km 5:50 mile pace, second 2.74km 5:57 mile pace). So I cracked the 18:36 target first time, which was good! I was fairly satisfied with this as I haven't done any shorter races for 10 months or so. Conditions were good, with light winds and temps of about 70 degrees. The course is nice and flat too. A couple of things worked against me in that the organisers neglected to put out the km markers which made pacing difficult (I'm not a garmin wearer) and the small field (60 or so) meant I was running on my own from about 2 minutes in, to the end. I spotted the guy 70 yards or so in front was flagging with about 3/4 of a km to go so this helped me push on to the finish (I came up about 5-10 yards short of him), but I wasn't tough enough mentally in the 3rd & 4th km's to keep the pace of the first 2. Next time I'm going to try and kick on between 3 & 4 km as this was were I leaked time last night.
        ..., but I wasn't tough enough mentally in the 3rd & 4th km's to keep the pace of the first 2. Next time I'm going to try and kick on between 3 & 4 km as this was were I leaked time last night.
        RR, don't knock yourself. I'd say you could probably have run a faster race by going out maybe 5 seconds/km slower for the first couple K, keeping your speed up in the 3-4 km section you say you figure you slowed down on, and then driving it home on the last K. I find when I'm 'not mentally tough enough for km 3&4', and I've said the same thing, when I finally really look at it objectively, I tried to run a race too fast for me, or too fast for me on the course, at least. (Temperature, hills, footing, etc) Keep at er.

        2013 Goal: Make 3:00:16 go away - FAIL.

        2014 Goal: Make 3:00:16 go away.

          Hey Viich, Thanks for the comments, you're may be right in that I started out a little on the quick side. I also noticed the guy just in front of me was about 30 sec slower than in the previous months 5k which I'd probably say was due to warmer conditions. I'm always fairly self critical to be honest, but I was happy with my 5k debut overall! I'm going to do the next one on the 4th of August so I'll try to hold back a little out the blocks next time. You got any more 5k's lined up? I see you peaked nicely in May for your target race.
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