Run a Faster 5k

Last night, I ran my first 5k.

Ok, last night I ran in my first 5k raceI have run 3.1 miles in one outing before. But not that many times…

Previous 5k-ish runs:

  • 5/11, in Wisconsin. Distance – 3.16 mi. Time – 34:28
  • 5/19, Sunday morning run along the river. Distance – 3.38 mi. Time – 39:11
  • 5/22, my first Marathon Sports Run Group outing. Distance – 3.5 mi. Time 38: 12
  • 5/29, Marathon Sports Run Group. Distance – 3.45 mi. Time – 39:00
  • 6/5, Marathon Sports Run Group. Distance – 3.43 mi. Time – 38:15

My runs typically got longer in June because on June 30th, a great group of friends and I ran the City Sports Back in the Day 10k in Porter Square. (So I was training!) This was such an incredible experience for me. My Healthworks trainer, Jason, created this amazing running plan for me to follow in June and I pretty much stuck with it. I put in all this hard work and then at the end of the month was able to run 6.2 miles! That’s the longest distance I’ve ever run! And do you know how incredible it is to see your friends standing around the halfway mark with an encouraging sign, a bottle of water, and high fives all around? (Indescribably incredible!) This was definitely one of my top five highlights for the year, absolutely.

Some of us ran, some of us cheered, but we all conquered!
Some of us ran, some of us cheered, but we all conquered!

Oh, I ran those 6.2 miles in 1:12:35. I’ll take it.

So this tangent leads us back to last night. Now that I’ve run a 10k, I know I can run a 5k, no problem. So I signed up for the Camp Harbor View Harborthon 5k. (It’s another workout fundraiser!) The race was great – organized so well, great volunteers, beautiful location. There was an incredible group of sponsors for this race (lots of delicious post-race craft beer and food from b.good) and an awesome group of runners. The group was smaller this year due to the rain — maybe just two or three hundred people, but that just made us so much more awesome!

Camp Harbor View began in 2007 as a summer camp for Boston teens (ages 11-14). The founders began with an initial goal of raising $10 million over 25 years, and have already raised $46 million! I’m so glad I powered through the rain deterrent and went out there – here’s another organization I’m ready to really invest some time in to support. A handful of the campers were there volunteering, and every “thank you for running” I heard was a little pinch to the heart. Real people benefit from the fact that I ran a race yesterday – and that you supported that effort. In just a few days of fundraising, my friends and family contributed $265 to this wonderful cause (you can still donate here until 8/1). That feels better than any post-run endorphin-rush. Thank you all so much!

So, I can add another run to the list above.

  • July 25th, Camp Harbor View Harborthon 5k. Distance – 3.1 mi. Time – 33:15

Last night’s pace was 10:43, which is the best pace I’ve had since I started running again in May. This is just barely true though. I went on a 5.5 mi run on 6/19 that had a 10:45 pace – so I know I can do better with only 3.1 miles. This race serves as my baseline for my next three-month project: Run a Faster 5k. I’ll spend the next three months focusing on cutting time off my pace for this distance. Then, I’ll run another official 5k in late October or early November to compare. Lucky me – I have a trainer who runs who can help me really push through this.

My goal is to run that three-months-from-now 5k with a 9:30 pace. (I’ll have to sign up for something without too many hills!) I’ll write periodically about the training plan I’m using, how my runs are going, and any other interesting races I participate in (I do have a few coming up). I have been using RunKeeper to track my runs. It’s been great to see those comparisons, but it will be really great to actually write about those runs and be able to compare them on something besides a pace level.

Check back for updates!

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