So… Hurricane Irma got the 5k I was going to do last weekend, postponed. About to sign up for one on October 8th (2017), of which I am “defending champ” lmfao. For some reason that makes me want to try and win it again. I feel pretty good for not training specifically for 5k’s, but i’m going to start getting myself more used to 1km/1 mile repeats in order to give myself more of a chance. Today I hit a few relaxed/moderate 1km repeats with full recovery, in the ~5:40 min/mi pace so I think I might have more of a chance than i’ve been thinking. This race is usually a high 18:XX or low 19:XX so, I really just need to be able to average ~6:10 min/mi to have a shot … You never know though, there’s always some skilled high school/college kid lurking, ready to wreck everyone.
This same race last year, was funny. I went out fast and had a considerable lead, and was just going to try and maintain it for the rest… but, it’s a mixed 5k/10k so, I missed the 5k turn around point. The people told me it was up further but they somehow thought I was running 10k… so i’m running past it (~0.1 mi) and I look back, and I see people start turning, so I run back and now i’m chasing second. So I ran an extra ~0.2 mi. Anyway I caught up with the second place kid (h.s. kid) and we were actually laughing about it and talked for a sec. Then we battled it out to the end and I got him on the kick.
I think i’m actually faster right now than I was in December 2016, but i’ve been focusing on <= 1 mile, not 5k’s. So just need to get in a bit more 5k specific intervals then just gut it out during the races like I normally do. But not trying to overly train for 5k because my goals are <= 1 mile, so my main focus is on shorter speed.