A few weeks ago, right after running the Torchlight 5k (which was fun but untimed, and muggy as heck, in the urban evening), I decided to run another 5k, just 3 days later. I’m glad I did, as my time was much better, even a PR (at least, a PR for me in my post high school days). My time was 24:31, with a 7:53 split, in Stillwater’s Lumberjack Days 5k. My place was 59th for women, and 10th in my class (there were a lot of teenagers running, which you can see in the results here). Wahoo.
So, I am making progress toward my goal of getting a 7:30 split in a 5k race. The goal isn’t arbitrary but is perhaps ill-founded: I never lettered in cross-country in high school because I couldn’t break a 7:31 split (on a 3-mile course).
The next 5k? Probably be in September, though lately I’ve been thinking of shooting for a 10k, instead, just to see if I’m any better at longer distances. Maybe next summer’s the time to plan on, for that.