Friday, October 17, 2008

5K PR... unofficially

Last night I ran my fastest 5K training run EVER. It was another cool, crisp evening and I was in pure bliss as I hit the sidewalks when the sun went down.

I set out quickly and felt surprisingly comfortable with my first and second kilometres at 5:05 and 4:58 respectively. I managed to keep up the pace for a third kilometre without much difficulty at 4:54. At this point I knew I could beat my previous best 5K (outside of a race) of 25 minutes. Then came The Hill. Almost the entire 4th kilometre of this route (an old favourite) is uphill and it took everything in me to complete it in 5:06. I normally slow down much more, but knew I was close to a PR and hung on tight. Thankfully, most of the homestretch was downhill. I booked it in 4:20, clocking a 5K at 24:29.



I'll take this evening off in preparation for the Zoo Run tomorrow. Speaking of which, the forecast is calling for 2 degrees C when the race starts - looks like it's time to dig out the winter gear!

9 comments:

Blyfinn said...

Congrats! I love how running gives us so many things to boost our confidence with daily. I hope you can ride this high for many days!

Girl on Top said...

Great job!!! That is superb especially with the hill in there.

Road Warrior said...

Congratulations. That's an awesome time!

yumke said...

A 4:20 final kilometre. I think you're faster than you think you are!

Post marathon is a great time to take advantage of your fitness at shorter races.

Marcy said...

YAY Marlene!! That's a killer time! You are so ready for the Zoo Run. Now go kill it ;-)

*aron* said...

woooo awesome job!!! good luck this weekend!

Shoe Running said...

Nice work! It's a great feeling when your hard work pays off :) I hope you rock at the Zoo run!

Julianne said...

Great job on your fastest 5k! That is so awesome. And have fun in your Zoo Run this weekend! :-)

Marci said...

Hope the zoo run went well, great 5K pace.