I’ve reached week 4 of Hal Higdon’s intermediate 5K training program, and today’s workout was a 5K test run. I had actually signed up for a 5K happening on campus, but it started at 10 a.m. and I had to be dressed nicely for the Res Life banquet at 12:10 so I was worried I wouldn’t have enough time.
Instead, I ran 3.1 miles on my own an hour earlier. I was up at 7 a.m. to eat breakfast:
I headed out around 9 a.m. ready to roll!
I set my watch to pace me because I’ve never used the pacing function and I wanted to see how it worked. I set it for 8 min./miles, not sure if I would be faster or slower than that.
My 5K test went pretty well. I finished in 25:31, which is slower than I hoped but I’m still happy with it. Two things happened on the run that I think definitely slowed me down:
- I had planned to run 1.6 miles out and 1.5 miles back in, but right at 1.5 miles I saw some deer right next to the trail up ahead! I’m a little scared of deer because back home in St. Louis, the deer are fearless and will get really close to you. So I sort of stopped for a bit trying to decided what to do before turning around.
- Since I didn’t turn around at 1.6 miles, I had to do an extra .1 miles somewhere, so I decided to turn around after 2 miles. I ran .1 miles in the other direction before doing a quick turn-around on a bridge. Unfortunately for me, the bridge was still wet from yesterday and I slipped and fell. At this point I stopped my watch (the long line on the pace chart) for about 20 seconds.
I plugged my finish time into a race pace predictor on Runner’s World and saw some pretty cool stuff:
My 5K time predicts a faster 5 miles and 10K time than what I have previously run. My 5-mile race in January was 42:54 and my 10K in March was 54:18. Although this isn’t 100 percent accurate because there are lots of human factors that affect pace on a given race day, this shows me that I’m probably becoming more fit throughout my training.
I was pretty happy after my run: