5k PB again

5k PB again

After my 10k run last Thursday I knew I was in decent shape. With a 4 day break of no running over Easter, I did a treadmill interval session on Tuesday morning and then turned my mind to today - what to run? 

Sod it, I'll go for the concerted 5k PB effort that I was going to do "in a few weeks". The body felt good, the weather was great - blue skies, no wind, 11C - no time like the present, what are you waiting for?

I'd done a 5k split of 23:11 during my 10k last week so I was expecting to go well today and sub-23, close to 22:30 hopefully. How would this go? Could I get over my consistently slow 4th kilometre?

Off I went. I was breathing hard but steady at 1km and going OK at 2. But midway came and the legs suddenly felt heavy - oh no. And they continued to feel like tree trunks until about 3.75k. Throughout though, cardiovascular was fine, no issue. But I felt slow and thought "I'll take 22:45!".  Then around the 4k mark, legs felt great and I was able accelerate and it was wonderful.

With 200m to go I looked at my watch... Bloody hell! Much faster than thought so I put in a final spurt and finished strong.


Nah... 22:16 :-)

A whole 1m:15s off my previous best.

But kilometre 4... Why do you kill me so?? (See graph - it gets me every time!)

Thanks for listening !



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7 Replies

  • Good grief, John! That is fantastic - our resident speed merchant! Really well done!☺

  • Speedy.... wow...well done :)

    Tired me out just checking your speed! :)

  • Wow go you, Speedy Gonzales 😀

  • I am no where near as fat as you but 4k is always my slowest kilometre too weird! 

  • I need to sort it out somehow - either more even pacing or some very determined visualisation. If I can crack it ...

  • Crikey! Speedy or what?

  • Thanks Ully! Yeah, times they are a tumblin' :-)

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