I’ve had a pretty fun year of running.
I have trained consistently twice a week; speed/intervals on Tuesday and hills/endurance on Thursday. I have completed 34 parkruns, of which 27 have been at my home event, Airlie Beach, and the other seven have been on the road: Tannum Sands, Gladstone QLD, Albert Melbourne, Bowen, Yeppoon, Varsity Lakes and Redcliffe. I’ve run sub-20 twice; 19:49 in June and 19:54 in August; and I’ve also taken longer than 40 minutes on three occasions! Recently I have had the thrill of watching my five-year-old son, Jack, take his parkrun PB from 51:47 to 37:33 and then 33:18, whilst I have been pushing my other two children in the double pram!
So as I said, it’s been a fun year… But I’ve decided that I want more!
I have decided that I actually want to have a serious crack at getting my parkrun time back close to my all-time PB of 18:25 set at Kirra in March 2012. I know it isn’t going to be easy. I haven’t run sub-19 since December 2013 or sub 19:30 since August 2015. But even when I was regularly running these quick times (well, quick for me) I never actually trained specifically for the 5K distance. I was either training for a longer event, like a marathon or half, or I was simply training for fun.
So as such, starting next week, I am undertaking a dedicated 10 week / 5K training plan that should see me arrive at parkrun on Saturday December 23 ready to give it a red hot go!
And I won’t be alone. I have created a Facebook group called “All I Want For Christmas Is a #FAST5K” that you can join here. In this group you’ll find the 10-week program pinned to the top and lots of other supportive runners and walkers who are also looking to shake up their best 5,000m.
To top it off, we have a special guest coach in the group, none other than Olympic 5,000m / 10,000m star Eloise Wellings, who will be available to answer your questions!
It doesn’t matter if you are new to parkrun and looking for some guidance, or an experienced runner looking for some variation in your training. Come and say ‘Hi’ in the Facebook group and give yourself a chance to have a real crack at lowering your 5K PB in time for Christmas.
See you on the start line on December 23.
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