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1492 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Jan 7, 2009 10:41 AM by LMc. RSS
tnus Rookie 2 posts since
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Dec 29, 2008 1:34 PM

Decrease 5K time

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.

  • LMc. Amateur 36 posts since
    May 14, 2008
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    1. Jan 7, 2009 10:41 AM (in response to tnus)
    Re: Decrease 5K time

    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!

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