Most of my 5 ks come in at about 38 minutes, just over 7.5 mins/km. It's not easy, but I can do them at that pace relatively consistently. Still a very long way away from 5 k in 30 mins. Today I was toying with the idea of increasing my distance but trying to maintain the same pace. So the distances and times were calculated and stored away in my statistic loving brain so I could check whether I was on target when runkeeper piped up every 5 minutes. After about 15 minutes I was well ahead of target and decided to scrap going for distance but instead try to get a faster 5 k. Now I know you're not supposed to puff and pant, but I'm afraid the last 2 k saw me red-faced, pouring with sweat and probably sounding like a rusty old steam engine. I am so glad there are very few people around at 6 in the morning. But still enough for some dog-walker to find me if I do collapse in an exhausted heap one day😈 I came in at just over 34 mins, which is bloody amazing for these old bones. I was well pleased, maybe there are signs of improvement after all. Changing my route a bit definitely helped, as the usual triggers came in the wrong order.
I would love to run 5k in 30 mins. But that's going to be a long term goal and I might never manage it. For the moment I will settle for today's PB. And the longer run will have to be on Sunday now. I'm looking forward to it already😎😊