Third Overall and a New 5K PR

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If you’ve seen my previous posts you would have thought that my racing season was over. I thought so too, but I was wrong (it happens). Because of next year’s shifting focus – more on that coming soon – my coach wanted me to do a fall 5K so that we can get an idea of where I am in terms of shorter distance races. So I duly signed up for the Donot Stop 5K on November 7.

The weather was perfect, if a little chilly. I went into this race with a few pretty good longer speed sessions in my legs and was shooting for a PR. As a bonus, I thought I could probably go under 24:00, so that was also a goal. I had done a few 800 meter and 1K interval sets at sub-5:00/km pace and figured I could push a little harder to hit 4:48/km for 5K. That was the plan, anyway.

Crossing the finish line at the Donot Stop 5K

In the end, I did indeed get a new 5K PR with a chip time of 24:27, handily surpassing my previous best of 25:01. I crossed the line in third place overall, and first in the Master’s division (over 40).

Unfortunately, I did not hit the faster pace to finish below 24 minutes, but can’t be disappointed with the result. I put in a solid run and once again achieved the day’s main goal.

So now I get a break from racing for a few months to focus on building for a fun and busy 2022.