It’s really no secret that I have a specific goal in mind for the 5k distance, and we’re closing in on the end of 2011. This will almost certainly be my last race of the season. As my knee has gotten better, I’ve recommitted both to workouts and to tracking the workouts. My weekly mileage on Daily Mile has steadily climbed. (That 15 miles is so far this week!)
I did my last quality workout on Monday, 3×1 mile intervals with paces of 7:59, 7:56 and 7:49. The first mile was definitely the hardest, and mentally going into the second mile I was convinced I wouldn’t be able to get through the workout keeping my paces under 8:00 per mile. Once I hit pace for the second mile, I knew the third interval was in the bag. Here’s hoping the race goes like that!
25:07 is my 5k PR, but it’s more than two years old now, and I really want a shiny new one. In September, I ran 26:37. In November, I ran 25:46. By 8:30 AM Saturday, I’ll have an answer to how I raced my December 5k.
My goal is to go out just under an 8:00 pace, and then try to keep the second and third miles all around 8:00/mile. Mathematically, that should be awfully easy to keep track of, and with any luck the reality of my legs holding that pace will be easy too. I’ve done 15 miles so far this week, and I’ll do another super easy 2-3 miles tomorrow morning with a few strides thrown in.
My A+ goal is a 24:59 or better. My A goal is 25:06 or better. My B goal is 25:45 or better. Wish me luck!