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 race near summer’s end. At least 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 would be monumentally uplifting and encouraging. Well, maybe at least a confidence booster.
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:
Learn from my mistake! If over 40, add extra days to the training week, like champion, now retired, marathoner Meb Keflezighi advises, who stretches his to 9 days. 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 Full 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: 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. The object is to finish not punish, to fill the summer months with personal or organized fun 5ks.
Earned Runs will post items that offer training advice that for faster running and walking performance and highlight fun races when possible.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K 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 and longevity.
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