I ran my 5k PR back in 2007, when I was new to running. My dad was by my side, and I’m pretty sure he’s the reason I clipped along at a speedy — for me — pace. 32:14.
Despite logging quite a few races since then, I have never come back to beat that time. I pretty much run the same pace regardless of distance, and if I run for a really long time (like a marathon) it eventually slows. It’s not a brilliant plan. It’s one I’m trying to change with my growing list of 5ks and 10ks on my race calendar this fall. I’m hoping if I play my cards right, I can PR in both.
I know I have it in me. I ran the first two miles of the Bartlett Lions Labor Day Dash around a 10 minute pace. To PR in the 5k, I just have to hold on tight for one more mile.
This weekend, I’m running the Get Your Rear in Gear 5k in Boston, Massachusetts, and I have a secret weapon.
Kim and I have been friends since first grade, and when I decided to visit her, one of the first things I did was look for a 5k. Then, I informed her that her job is to drag me along and force me to run fast.
I’m pretty sure it’ll work.
What’s your PR strategy? Do you run with a speedy friend? Do speedwork? Wear super speedy undies? I need your secrets.
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