The Need for Speed

I don’t know if it’s the whole 7 hours of sleep I got last night or the fact that I wore new racing shoes this morning, but I did what I’m pretty sure is my fastest 5K training run of all time with an average pace of 8:40 (splits: 7:58, 8:50, 8:53, 7:51 for the last 0.1). Those splits are off balance because the first mile is a steady slight downhill while the rest of the run is a mix of hills, mostly up.

Typically my 3-mile runs – which I usually do as close to 5K race pace as possible without going full out – fall somewhere between 8:50 to 9:10 pace. So this is a noticeable improvement. I also might do a local 5K this weekend, so I had that in mind.

It’s insane to me that I did a 7:58 mile considering that a few months ago, I could MAYBE keep that up for ONE lap around the track. Again, not sure if I was just well rested today or it was the new shoes, but maybe it was a combination of both.

I really like the Kinvaras: they’re noticeably lighter than all the other shoes I’ve worn (which is the point), but there is still a nice amount of cushion. When I’d originally thought about buying a fast run/racing pair, I was afraid they’d feel too thin. But these don’t. They’re really comfortable. Here’s a screenshot of me jumping after my run. I thought these shoes deserved to be in action in today’s pic.


Might as well

I also have shots of my feet as I jumped straight up in the air, but it kind of just looks like I’m being hanged.

My last 5K race was at an 8:11 pace. My current 5K goal is to finish with an average pace under 8:00 – basically anything that starts with a 7. I don’t know that I’ll accomplish that this weekend (assuming I’m running the race, which, let’s face it, I am), but let’s see if I can get a little closer.

I just want to add that while I was typing this post, I dropped an almost-full can of La Croix all over the floor of a Long Island Rail Road car. I tried looking for a bathroom for paper towels but there don’t seem to be bathrooms on this train, or at least not in this car. So I’m sorry if anyone gets their shoes wet by stepping in it. At least there’s no sugar so it won’t be sticky.

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