Monday, April 01, 2013

Sub 6 Minute Pace

The last time I ran a race that averaged below 6 minutes per mile pace was on June 15, 2009, at The President's Cup Night Run 5K.  I was 49 years old.

That's kind of depressing.

I have been through injuries, and I have been building up longer trail racing, finishing my first two 50K's last year.  And I love that.  But I think I need to get a race into the sub-6 minute zone again this year.

My fastest race last year averaged 6:13/mile, at the Lager Run 5K on June 24.  I had just turned 53.  This year, the Lager Run is on my birthday, so I think I need to give myself the present of running sub-6.  To get there I need to do track workouts.  I have a pretty full schedule, so I think this is all I can fit in.  I am going to keep it simple:

April 4 = 8X400@90
April 11 = 10X400@90
April 18 = 12X400@85
April 23 = 14X400@85
May 14 = 10X400@80
May 21 = 12X400@80
May 28 = 14X400@80

4/18/13 UPDATE: So far I have done NONE of these planned workouts!  But my distance is long and getting faster.  That won't get me under 6/mile for a 5K, but at least North Face won't hurt as much, and maybe I could go faster than last year.

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