Wednesday, July 9, 2008

5K, track, vibrams, 20:22

7:04, 6:28, 6:13, 00:36

I went to the track today with the thought of running 5 miles at a moderate pace. As soon as I started I could tell that my legs felt pretty good so I just ran what felt good. I came to the end of the first mile at 7:04, it was one of the smoothest, easiest miles I have ever run. After that I decided to run a 5k and see what my time would be. I'd never run the 5k distance for time before. With the new goal in mind I picked up the pace and ran the second mile in 6:28. I was feeling it after that mile, but continued to pick up the pace. I was really gassed 1200 meters into the 3rd mile but I was able to stay on track. I ran the 3rd mile in 6:13 and the final .1 in 36 seconds. I had to lie down on the grass for a few seconds after that. Running a 5k at race pace after not doing any consistent speed work or training for a few months can make you pretty tired. I think I could have done it quite a bit faster if I were wearing shoes. I could feel some real hot spots forming on the balls of my feet after the fast paced running in Vibrams on the rubberized track. With some training and proper pacing I would guess I could go sub 20 pretty easily, but that's on a track, roads are another story.

3 comments:

ed said...

Great 5k workout! Sounds like you’ve really grown into those Vibrams. I hope you can find ultra shoes that treat your feet as well as they do, especially when it comes to blisters.

I had to back out on that 6 hour race – it would have been nice to have met on the trail under better circumstances . . .

Josh said...

Ed,

The weather was great for the 6 hour, cool and overcast but no rain. Of course if you would have been there it would have been 90's and sunny :)

Mike said...

Dang you and your speed. Nice Work man! I am glad the end of the report had NO mention of any pain or issues other than being gassed.