i've been quiet about my new goals and training plan. not really sure why. i think i wanted to have an actual plan in place before i went blabbing around, talking about my new goals. during the glass slipper challenge in february, it felt very obvious to me what my next running adventure would focus on.
want a hint? some of you oiselle fans might be able to guess my target race distance from this shirt:
for the rest of the year, i'll be focusing on speed. and my goal is to be fast in the 5k distance!
|woop! woop! 5ks!|
i got a taste of what it felt like to be fast last summer, when i pr'd and started to be really competitive in my age group. it was exhilarating, fabulous and gave me so much energy around running.
so my goal is to be a fast 5k runner. and i mean, fast. i have been so inspired by oiselle runners, both elite and volee like me. and i feel like i only got a glimpse of what i could do with my performance last summer. why can't i be faster? whats stopping me from winning age groups and feeling elite?
nothing! so thats what i'm going to do.
my target race is the detroit women's 5k in september. this race also holds my half marathon pr, so wouldn't it be great to have a 5k pr on this course as well? i researched the race results from last year, and the woman who won the 5k finished in 22:48. my best 5k time is 23:54. i want to beat her time, and if we're being honest, what i really want to do is win the whole damn race.
i've never set a goal like that for myself (at least when it comes to running). i've never even thought of myself as a contender to win a race. but for some reason, i really want it. and even stranger, i really feel like i can do it. i can win this race. of course, you never know what athletes will show up on race day and what competition will look like, but i'm going into training with the mentality that i can win.
so what does training look like?
phase one: from here until early summer, i'm in weight loss and high mileage mode. the goal is to get back down to my racing weight (which is based on my body composition from last summer) and to build a strong mileage base.
phase two: starting in june, i will have a 5k time trial each month. i've selected smaller races that will allow me to run without (hopefully) too much dodging and weaving in between crowds.
phase three: starting in august, the speed work really sets in. august's time trial will give me a good gauge at where i'm at and will set the tone for the rest of training until the race at the end of september.
i'm a wuss when it comes to speed work, so i know training is going to be tough. but i want this. i want to be fast and i want to win. i'm also just excited that i don't have to worry about long runs for awhile. its a bit of a relief, mentally and physically, to focus on a totally different distance that has a totally different training plan!
so there you have it, my running focus for the remainder of the year. if anyone has tips on surviving speed workouts, getting lean for racing weight or racing to medal, i'd love the advice!!