Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Five: Run for the Trees 5k Goals

Tomorrow I'll be running the Run for the Trees 5K for the 3rd time. I set my current 5K PR at this race last year, and I'm going back for a rematch tomorrow :) I stupidly did a new circuit workout on Monday and have been sore since; fearing I may have pulled something on my right inner thigh, I skipped yesterday's run. The soreness (and bruise like pain on my thigh) seems to be mostly gone now with resting the last 2 days, so I still have high hopes that I'll do well tomorrow.

Below are my lofty goals for this race.
  1. Bike to start -- the race start is about 6 miles away near Cady Way Park, so we plan to bike there as a warm up. I am not looking forward to biking back after pushing hard on the run, but it should be a good cool down if I take it easy and allow myself plenty of time to recover before heading home.
  2. PR -- This is my main goal, to finish under 33:12, which was my time at this race last year.
  3. Finish in 32:30 -- This would be an average pace of 10:30 min/mile and I think its doable since it's only 42 seconds faster than last year. I may be able to pull that off on my improved endurance alone.
  4. Finish in 31 minutes -- This is my pie in the sky goal, which would mean an average pace of the coveted 10 min/mile. I would be ecstatic if I finished anywhere near this, but I am not going to beat myself up if I don't. I do think this is doable if I push really hard and leave it all out there, so I'm going to do my best.
  5. Run using 3:1 intervals - Even though I can cover the distance without walking, I am at least 2 minutes slower. So I plan to run using 3:1 intervals (last year I used 5:1 intervals). I may extend the run intervals during the last mile, but will likely just run faster. Using 2:1 intervals worked great for a PR at my last 10k a few weeks ago, so it's worth a shot for this 5k.
Well, there you have it.  I'll be sure to post a race report tomorrow night and let you know how I did. Wish me luck!


Kim said...

Good luck on your race!

The Green Girl said...

Good luck, Kitzzy. I'll be thinking about you and sending lots of positive energy.

I'm so proud of your speed - you've come a long way!

I struggle with the running/walking thing, too. Like you, I know I'm much faster when I walk but I like getting into the rhythm of running non-stop.

Morgan said...

Good luck tomorrow, you've totally got this!

I will be there too, will def look for you!

Kitzzy said...

Wow, thanks ladies!

Kim, I'll be thinking of you and your half marathon!

Mary, I don't really mind walking since I am so used to it. But I do run non-stop during the week because I can LOL I know I'd be hurting way worse on Sunday if I tried running this 5K non-stop and I wouldn't PR so the pain wouldn't be worth it. I think I can pull it off with the 3:1 because I am going to run each 3 minute interval like someone is chasing me! lol

Morgan, awesome! I'll keep an eye out for you too, but I'll probably be way in the back :)

Anonymous said...

Good luck!!!!!

Whitney said...

Can't wait to hear how your race went!

Kitzzy said...

The wait is over Whitney! :) It went great and I PRed by over a minute!

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