Friday, September 16, 2011
As you can see by my new profile picture - I have a . Since spring I have been training to do a sub30 5k, just once in my life. On September 15, 2011, I met that goal. It was not during an official race, just one of my workouts I do here on the roads close to home.
I did not think I was going to accomplish it because when I started running (it's really a fast jog) I could not seem to get my time down and was actually slower than I was last summer. I even changed my goal to do a sub31 just so the goal wouldn't seem unattainable.
I took a local running class and did not see any improvements in my time. So, I reverted back to this coached program from Running Mate Media - 30 days to Your Fastest 5k - which I purchased last winter but never completed, to continue with the speed and endurance workouts.
I stayed focused on each of the workouts and I cannot believe how much I improved. For each workout, I set out determined to do what was required in each of the coached sessions. That, I think, was what is the reason for my success. In the past, I would not push myself and whenever I got too winded, I would stop and walk. These workouts called for going at a faster pace and then slower down a bit to recover. I amazed myself in that I was actually able to go faster and then slow down a bit but not walk.
I was beginning to think I did not have it in me - but deep down the determination was there and I managed to rely on that to push through each workout. Often times during the runs, I pictured myself crossing that finish line and the clock being under 30 minutes.
Now, my next goal is a sub29 5k.