CONSIDER MAKING YOUR SUMMER CHALLENGE all about being FAST. Spend these next few months trying to turn in a personal best finish time or pace in a 5K race near summer’s end. A personal record (PR), or at least one in "modern history", if you have become eligible for the master’s division.
Why? Because it’s difficult to perform better than a previous best in so many other areas of life, that being able to do so in running would be monumentally uplifting and encouraging. Well, maybe at least a confidence booster.
And success in this challenge is predictable 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 workout sessions to build strength and improve balance, mobility, and flexibility will likely contribute to a speedier you also.
Last year this challenge was MOST important to me. It paid off, as I did record a personal best. This summer the race I will be preparing for is earlier in the season, July 30. Not sure I have enough time to improve last summer’s goal race pace, but will aim again to be fast AND STRONG, and come out of it without an injury.
My Plan A
My Plan B
(If circumstances change and I cannot complete training or won’t make the July 31 race)
Earned Runs will post items that offer direction and training advice to runners who wish to be faster. Check the RESOURCES page in the next week, in the SUMMER CHALLEGES 2017 section.
*Hal Higdon offers this option http://www.halhigdon.com/training/
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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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