Just checking in with a quick training update, before I head into another work-induced black hole (this time, it’s a conference that I helped to organize).
As part of 5K training, I’ve been doing speedwork regularly. The nice thing about going from zero workouts to twice a week is that there’s usually quick progress. Case in point:
Example 1: over 2 weeks ago, I did mile repeats with splits of 8:43, 8:27, 8:28 (average 8:33/mile). I was disappointed, but I also abided by my motto, “You gotta start somewhere!” This past Saturday, I did the same workout with splits of 8:05, 8:00, 8:15 (average 8:07/mile). To be fair, the first workout was done in the pre-dawn hours in my neighborhood (on sidewalks), whereas the second was at high noon on a track. And I’m sure that running a 5K recently with a 8:13/mile average helped a lot mentally – i.e., to know in the back of my head that I was capable of running that pace or faster for mile repeats (though I didn’t pace myself based on my Garmin).
Example 2: exactly 2 weeks ago, I did a fartlek workout (10 x [1 minute on/1 minute off]) with an average pace of 7:52/mile. In very similar conditions this morning, I did the same workout with an average pace of 7:39/mile. Of course, I’m happy with the faster average pace, but I’m even happier with the fact that this morning’s splits were more consistent than they were 2 weeks ago.
Something I just realized recently is that I’ve never trained for a 5K. So I’m hoping all of this hard work pays off on March 20th! Regardless of the outcome, there are some lessons I’ve learned with a few weeks of speedwork under my belt:
- Speedwork is hard, but I get a lot of satisfaction after each session.
- No matter how hard I *think* I’m running, I can almost always go faster.
- My perspective keeps shifting as my splits get faster. I remember a few years ago when I thought a single 8-minute mile was my top speed, and now I can run 3 miles averaging 8:07/mile! I know that’s not very fast by a lot of people’s standards, but for someone who often came in dead last in the timed mile at school, it means A LOT.
Hope everyone is having a good week! Happy Chinese New Year!