a 3.1 mile ‘sprint’ into the wind


A half marathon is painful, and a 5k is a different kind of pain.  I know I’m more suited for long distances – the half and up – but the 5k’s make me better there.  

Facing wind gusts of 30+ mph at times – this definitely has been the year of dicey race weather, from last winter to today, compensating for mostly ideal conditions of 2014, I guess things do even out – ran a competitive local 5k this morning, finishing 5th overall in 17:00.  Time goals were thrown out the window at the start (the winning time was 15:50, about 50 seconds slower than it normally is here), and instead, it became a race.  

Was proud to be in the mix with college and high school runners for most of the way – through the 1st mile in 5:15 and the 2nd mile in 10:35, the head wind kicked in after that.   More so than having run a half last weekend, the wind was the main barrier.  And the fact that this was a painful anaerobic distance vs last week’s half, it felt like I was sprinting the entire 3.1 miles.

A couple of more 5k’s this month and I should be up to speed…


8 thoughts on “a 3.1 mile ‘sprint’ into the wind

  1. wwwpalfitness

    Doing many intervals in a training session lowers your mile time. Do not just plod 10 minute miles if you can build up to 7 and less. Use that normal speed as a guide. I have 25 years experience coaching and 35 as a runner.

      1. wwwpalfitness

        For longer races they should be a lot faster than race pace. Next thing you know you lost at least a minute a mile depending on your event.

  2. runningintshirt Post author

    How much faster in the intervals depends a lot on the distance of the race, the distance of the intervals, and the point in the season. Intervals for the marathon are going to be different than intervals for the 5k, and different from the start of the season and end of the season


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