My times are improving slightly, thank GOD. This weekend I ran the Lady Track Shack 5k in 26:42 (an 8:35 pace). Definitely disappointing for someone who used to run 22- and 23-minute 5ks.
But my previous race was the Seasons 52 5.2k, where my 5k split was 28:20 (9:04 pace). So the good news is that I’m getting slightly faster. The bad news is that I really let my fitness slip.
So now I’m on a mission to get faster. I’m running the House of Hope 5k in Winter Park on February 20. My practical goal is to finish under 26 minutes and my stretch goal is to finish under 25 minutes.
Method of attack:
I’m limiting myself to wine/beer just one or two nights per week. This could be a challenge for someone who likes a glass of wine each night, but I’m pretty sure it will make a difference in my performance. I should note, I stopped by Wally’s pub this Friday night and had a drink (one drink there is equivalent to three drinks), and then got just 5 hours of sleep prior to the race, so perhaps that could explain my slow time.
I highly recommend running the Lady Track Shack 5k next year. It winds through pretty parts of Winter Park and the tech tee is really cute!