This morning I braved the wet, windy and cold May weather and headed on over to Hove Park Run to see if I’m still on form with my 5k speed (I haven’t done any speed work for eons, mostly endurance). I didn’t think I’d have a hope in hell of matching my previous PB – 26 mins 50 secs, but I wondered if I was close to that. I’m very happy to report that I managed a time of 27 mins 26 secs!
I am thrilled with that time, but I want more. I want to join the sub 25-minute 5k club, but is it possible for a mere mortal like me or am I on glue?
I don’t give up on anything – I’m like a dog with a bone so project sub 25-min 5k is now off the ground. So here’s what I’m going to do over the next few weeks:
- Strengthen those glutes with lots of lunges and squats, and cycling/spinning
- Practice yoga for stretching and lengthening my leg muscles
- Increase my protein intake
- Run up lots of hills!
- Invest in some minimalist trainers designed for overpronators (super supportive trainers absolutely kill my feet). I’m going to try out these Brook PureCadence trainers and shall report back!
- Keep mentally strong and keep reminding myself that it’s only 25 minutes that I have to endure the rapid breathing, red face and sweats versus 5+ hours for the marathon
Is there anything else I can do to help improve my running speed? I’d love to have some other ideas!