Thursday, October 7, 2010

Upcoming 5K strategy and -yep- a nice article on it

I am getting very excited about racing a 5K this weekend!!! I have not trained specifically for this race. Not sure how to do that with 60 MP +/-, but I think it should include a day/week with 800's instead of 1600's.
Yeah, I'm winging a short race.

I've only done two 5Ks - ever.

One was in 2004 and I was out of shape and didn't know that there is a different gear for racing. My most recent 5K I was pushing a jog stroller when #2 was 8 weeks old and beat a whole slew of walkers (after that is when I stopped pushing the stroller and started this strange quest of early morning serious running). I hope there will be some runners in this Saturday's 5K since there is a 10K option that is for "runners only". ? :/ This will be a good test for me to see what my speed is over the distance. I guess I am just curious.

To get ready, I have done some last minute strategy read up. My conclusion from one article I read and what I have observed, is that runners who have the endurance to complete a half marathon are better off to start fast and try to hold on as long as possible. Apparently it's not possible to make up lost time for a slower start in that distance. So, that's what I am shooting for (unless someone reading advises otherwise!).

Happy running everyone!

7 comments:

  1. Go get 'em! I will be waiting to read the PR RR next week. Just don't do what I did in the 10k - pull the trigger too late.

    Good luck!!

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  2. I raced 2 5k this summer after not running any in 15 years. It was run as fast as you can as long as you can. The whole point was not to die before the end--and hopefully not then either... You will do great and probably not die. Have fun!

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  3. jgf is being coy, she took the AG in one of those 5Ks. And she told me before the start, I was doing the 10K that morning, that she was going to try and beat everybody. Ok, so she didn't REALLY say that, but she was FOCUSED. I was just happy to be there. Have fun, and I commented on me blog about photo removal.

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  4. Lol @ jgf "You will do great and probably not die" =D

    Have fun! Don't die! Don't puke! Looking forward to the RR. =)

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  5. i would submit that puking after a 5k is a sign you had the pace just right. i'm really interested to see how this experiment goes. good luck!

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  6. It'll be over before you know it! Good luck!

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  7. I say let the legs loose and crank it from the start!!

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