I’ve never trained to run a speedy 5k before. My very first race I trained to finish a 5k, and after that my 5k PRs just came while I was training for a longer distance. My 5k PR came right on the heels of my first half marathon. The race was a Turkey Trot right near my home town, and I ran with a friend from high school. The course was hilly, but I was still so excited to run a 25:07 (my previous PR was 26:22).
That 5K PR was in November of 2009. After that, I got caught up in marathon and half marathon training, and shorter distances fell by the wayside.
I wrote about running fast a few weeks back, and I’ve been throwing speed work into the mix since then. My knee has been acting up at longer distances, so I’ve decided to focus on the shorter stuff for now. I still plan to run a half marathon under 2 hours, but that goal will have to take a back seat for a while. My knee starts to act up at anything much longer than 5 miles. I’ve been icing and foam rolling like it’s my job.
The doctor I saw yesterday told me that “her daughter had knee pain every time she ran and she just decided that running wasn’t for her so she stopped. Not everyone is meant to run you know.” I just asked for a recommendation to PT. I wish there was a way to screen primary care physicians and get one who is a runner or a cyclist or just an athlete! The PT is a sports medicine clinic, so I’m hoping they won’t tell me I have to stop running (though I will for a while if I have to!).
On Monday I ran a California 5K PR in training of 26:11. (By the way, I totally recommend having geographical PRs when you move!) Then at today’s timed mile at Lululemon Run Club, I ran a 7:44! My last timed mile was 8:04 about 6 weeks ago. I’m determined to get that mile time under 7:30 (and then hopefully under 7:00!). Now I just need to find a fast 5k race in the next few months so I can take aim at that 25:07.
How do you pick races? Do you like shorter races or are you a long distance runner?