FASTEST 5K OR SUMMER OF FUN 5K’S.
OPTION ONE: Consider making your summer challenge all about being FAST. Spend these next few months training to turn in a personal best finish time in a 5K RUNNING OR WALKING race near summer’s end. At least set your sights on achieving a PR in your own version of 'modern history,' This is not a challenge to recreate the glory days of high school cross-country team fame.
Why try for a PR? Because it’s difficult to IMPROVE on a previous best in so many other areas of life, that being able to do so in running or walking would be monumentally uplifting and encouraging. Well, maybe at least a confidence booster.
The chances of success in this challenge are greater if you have NOT previously incorporated speed work, hill repeats, tempo runs, or long runs into your training plan for this distance race. Come to think of it, if you have NEVER specifically trained for a 5k you have the potential to be faster. Adding strength, balance, mobility, and flexibility work will likely contribute to a speedier you also.
“Fastest 5K” plan:
In 2018 my 5k was completed solely by power-walking (no attempts to run). I set a base time as a walker that summer. I’m not sure whether I’ll train as a walker or runner in 2019; the decision will depend on the condition of my joints!
Learn from my mistakes! If over 40, add extra days to your training week, like the now retired champion marathoner Meb Keflezighi advises, who stretches his to 9 days rather than 7. Don’t double up on workouts if you miss a day. If you begin to hurt, stop running, re-evaluate, and take sufficient time off to prevent further injury.
OPTION TWO: “Summer of Fun 5ks” plan:
This is for runners and walkers who are regularly covering training distances over 4 miles. Identify races all through the summer that you wish to walk or run just because they promise to be enjoyable.
Choose events because the theme is fun or has meaning, the location is unique or amazing, the date is one of general celebration, or others are available to join you, etc. Continue to practice safe running and walking training practices to avoid injury. The purpose of this summer challenge is to ‘FINISH NOT TO PUNISH,’ to fill the summer months with personal or organized fun 5ks.
Earned Runs will post items that offer training advice for faster running and walking performance and highlight fun races when possible.
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*Hal Higdon offers these options:
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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