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Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
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20:00 5k? Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 5:14 pm 

If I recall, there were several people here shooting for a 20:00 5k this season. How's it going? I feel like I might be getting close. The calculators say my last 10k time predicts a 20:08 5k time. I'll be doing a road 5k next weekend, and 5k on the track July 15, so I'll have at least two chances to crack into the teens.

mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: 20:00 5k? Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2006 5:47 pm 

I had a great 10K workout last week. After a easy mile warm-up covered the last 5.2 miles with a 7:10 pace and it felt comfortably hard. I've run this pace in a workout before but I've never felt that good throughout the entire run. I'm not ready yet to go below 20:00 for 5K just yet but I feel good that I'm heading in the right direction. The 5K race that I hope to PR is always the same local 5K race held in October. So I have plenty of time to get there. I just know that at this time last year I was no where near running as well as I am now and I managed a 5K PR of 20:06. Plus, this is a 5K course that has as sizable hill 1.5 miles into the race.

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: 20:00 5k? Posted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:13 pm 

Nice job mfox. It sounds like you're well on track for that 20:00 time. Will you be running any other 5K's before that one in October?

I'm slowly ratcheting up the running volume in the hopes that that will help. I did 58 miles this week. I checked back through my old logs, and that's the highest weekly mileage I've done since the week of September 13, 2004! But I'm feeling pretty tired. In fact, I feel like I was beat up by a baseball bat weilding gang. Only six more days until my next 5k race and 20:00 attempt, so I'll probably take it a little easier this week.


Rustyboy

LA, CA
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 225

Re: 20:00 5k? Posted: Sun Jun 04, 2006 4:56 pm 

You are SOOO gonna ace 20 mns. You have to: No way can a snail like me break 20 before you!

My buddy, Eric, who I ran the LA marathon with in March, and has only been really running since January? He just ran a 20:50 5k.

The man was built by God for running.

(jerk)


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
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Posts: 1157

Re: 20:00 5k? Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:06 pm 

I hope you're right! Tomorrow morning I'll give 20:00 my best shot at a nearby 5K. I don't know anything about the course, but it's in a flat part of town, and there should be about 500 runners, so hopefully it'll be fast with lots of strong competition. I think the mental aspect will definitely make the difference between success and failure. If everything goes perfectly, I think 20:00 is just barely within reach, but only if I can dig extra deep and really push myself to the limit. Based on some other recent races, it's also possible I could blow it completely and finish in 21:00+. I'll find out soon!

A side note: 20:00 5K is 6:26/mile pace. 6:26 happens to also be my 1-mile PR! Granted, that was a split from another race, and I've never done a 1-mile race, but it's still pretty daunting.


mfox

South Orange, New Jersey
Joined: 19 Dec 2004
Posts: 367

Re: 20:00 5k? Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:08 pm 

If your one mile PR of 6:26 was in another race than I'll bet your best mile time is closer to (and probably below) 6:00.

The only time I ran a 1 mile race (5th Ave. mile in NYC, Sept. 2001) I ran 5:58 and I my best 5K time a month later was 20:30 (6:36 pace) when I was at the peak of condition just a week before the 2001 NYC Marathon.

I have no doubt you have a sub 20min 5K in you. Good luck.


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