I have been running for a year and have only done two 5k races. I plan on doing another this spring. My time was 31:52 at the last 5k. I would love to get to 27 minutes. Is this an obtainable goal considering I only have 5-6 months to do it. How can I achieve it with any easy to follow schedule of runs? Thanks for any help.
I would say yes, that is completely do-able. It is going to be tough, but your fitness level can increase SO MUCH in 6 months. I dropped by 10K time from 55:56 to 52:30 in 5 months this year, without really even trying specifically for that distance (I was training for a half marathon). Focus on speed workouts, and fartleks in your training schedule, and do one long run a week. If you are only focused on a 5K race, you don't ever need to run more than 4 or 5 miles in a training run, in my opinion. Since you have only been running for one year, you probably still have a great way to go as far as dropping time. Good luck! I'm excited for you!