Yesterday I knocked 22 seconds off my PB for 5k. EXACTLY 1 year after my previous PB, which I think is weird, because I didn't plan it like that. However I did plan to go for it yesterday. I've been getting a bit frustrated with myself recently, I seem to be getting slower. I have the stamina and have done 21k very slowly, but the extra stamina has not shown itself in my shorter runs. Last year I was running under 7mins per km, at the moment I'm at least 30 seconds slower and often even more.
So this weekend there was a worldwide virtual run on Runkeeper and I planned for it. I even took extra rest days before my run. The aim was to get under 7 mins/km again and at least make some attempt to get closer to the elusive 5k in 30 mins, cos I'm sick of running it in 36 or 37 mins! So I ran my little socks off from the start as my first km is usually really slow and pulls me down. In the hope that all that extra stamina would pay off and I wouldn't crash too badly at about 3k. Well it got tough after 3k, but I didn't crash and I managed to get my time down to 32:16. That is still not brilliant, but I wasn't completely exhausted, it was a PB and it was a great psychological boost in that it showed I can still improve if I put my mind to it. We won't mention my heart rate. I hope to do the same thing next month and chip away at my time. I really don't want to wait a whole year!