Wednesday, April 16, 2014

i want to be fast!

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!!


19 comments:

  1. Wow, i'm getting excited for you just while reading this post! You most definitely can do it!

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    1. Thank you! It is an exciting goal and I'm looking forward to a new focus :)

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  2. How exciting! I can't wait to read along as you work towards crushing this goal. How many miles are you planning to run weekly? I think I read somewhere recently that elite 5K runners do something like 90 miles a week which just sounds crazy!

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    1. My trainer says only about 20 - no where close to those 90 milers. I think the most I've ever done in my life on a weekly basis has been 30 miles. Anything that high feels like an injury risk for me!

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  3. That is awesome!! Good Luck! I will be running the half at the Detroit Women's race, I ran the 5k last year and did a pr so I am hoping to pr in the the half this year.

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    1. Thank you!! I'm so glad you'll be running at Detroit, too! I hope you get your PR. That's where mine is - its a great course to PR!

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  4. Awesome, good luck! I ran the 5k Women run the D race last year and had a pr so I am running the half this year to see if I can get another pr!

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  5. That's exciting! I too am I wuss when it comes to speed work. Sometimes it's a nice shift in mentality to do something different and ultimately it will just make you stronger and more confident for other distances. With your will to win you're already making great progress toward your goals, so I believe you can do it! :)

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    1. Thank you! I don't know why speed work is so intimidating, but I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels this way! I absolutely agree that a shift in focus can cause gains in other distances and areas of running. Thats one thing I love about the sport!

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  6. Wow I love this! Rooting for you - can't wait to see your progress!

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  7. So many people think of the 5k as a novice distance. Mostly because its where so many people start, but that's not true. Watch those Hanson's runners race a 5k in 15 minutes or less. They're no novices. Any distance is a challenge when you put your all into it.
    Good luck!

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    1. Agreed! I LOVE watching 5k runners. They make it look so easy but they're wicked fast and they're burning hard. Runner's World has a nice article by Lauren Fleshman about the 5k, and it speak exactly to the myth of the 5k being a beginner's distance. Its not!

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  8. Yay! I'm so excited to hear about your fast 5k goal - you can do it!! 5k is my favorite distance and I love hearing other women decide to focus on it as well. Looking forward to reading about your training as the weeks progress :)

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    1. Thank you! You are such an inspiration - I love reading about your 5k distance journeys. I'm looking forward to learning from you along the way!

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  9. Im so excited to hear this, speed is my goal for next summer since I'll be trainning with 2 kiddos instead of just one. I can't wait to see how this goes for you!

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    1. Thank you! What distance will you be working on? I love that training for speed varies so greatly, depending on the distance. How could you ever get bored?? :)

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  10. Andrea GillespieMay 10, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Loving this goal!! So excited for you! As I won't be running for speed this year with baby #2 due September 7, I will be living through you. And when I set some crazy, awesome goals for 2015, you can be an inspiration! :)

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