|Approaching the finish line of my very first 5k.|
After that difficult race, I decided to just keep running so I wouldn't need to start over next spring. A year of running and some well timed allergy medicine the morning of the race allowed me to hit 28:51 (plus two other sub 30s that year). By this point I had the running bug.
In 2013 I signed up for my first half marathon and the increased distance led me to taking a full 5 minutes off of my time (22:59). After my third half marathon training cycle that time was cut down to my current PR of 22:13. I am definitely happy with the fact that I have taken over 10 minutes off of my 5k time, but it has left me wondering what I could accomplish if I really applied myself to the 5k distance.
Which pretty much brings us to right now. Today is exactly one month out from my goal race. I have a pretty lofty goal of breaking 20 minutes, but I am realistic enough to know that it is not going to happen this year. Sub 20 is a 3-5 year goal. This year I am hoping for at least a 30s improvement. So to finally get to it, this is what I would like to see this year:
21:41 (6:59 pace). I'd really like to see a 6:XX 5k and taking 32 seconds off of my time seems like a reasonable goal (fingers crossed).
Stretch Goal: 21:09 (6:48). 70% age grade. Taking over a minute off of my time would be huge. I don't know if it is quite possible this year, but it would be a serious step towards sub 20.