When I signed up for the Carlsbad 5000 at the Tinker Bell Half expo I swore it was my first 5K. My first race ever was a 10K from there I jumped straight to half marathons and fell in love with lucky number 13 (point one).
But, it turns out I ran a 5K on Fourth of July two years ago! The thing is, it was a last minute run with a friend so I didn’t pre-register or train or really consider it anything but a time to hang out with Susan.
I completely forgot until today! My brain doesn’t work sometimes, good thing I have the blog to remember stuff for me.
Well, let’s still call this my first 5K since that race wasn’t timed so I have no idea how I did!
I have 6 weeks until my first 5K. I don’t plan on this becoming a reoccurring distance so I want to have a good race and leave it at that.
After way too much time researching plans (I get off on this in a sick way) I decided to combine a few and mostly center it around the Hal Higdon 5k and Half Marathon training programs. I have a 10 miler and a few halfs coming up after this so I need to keep the distance on the higher side.
If we’re being honest I really haven’t stuck to a training program since my first half marathon, so the goal is to stay on track.
As I have no idea at all what pace I should be running for this short distance I used the McMillan Running Calculator to help. It said my 5K pace should be about 7:23. Apparently it thinks I’m part cheetah because there is no way my orange ass can go that fast. (image source)
I suspect I’m more slow twitch than fast twitch muscle, so I’m going to have to mess around with the paces to find my happy pace.
Get it? Happy Pace?
Now there’s watermelon on my computer and Ben just got home from work.
Shrek ya later.