One of my 2011 goals was to run a 5K in less than 25 minutes. I'm happy to say I've now crossed that item off my list.
Here's the breakdown from Saturday's Lombardi 5K Run for Cancer:
Average Mile Time: 8:03
Age Division: 17/149
I credit my new racing strategy. At past races, I've gone out too fast at the beginning and it ended up costing me later on. On Saturday, I decided I would run conservatively for the first two miles then gradually increase my pace to a sprint for the final half mile. Although it was hard feeling slow at the beginning and having people pass me, it was worth it at the end to be able to sprint to the finish line and run past several people who had passed me earlier!
At my next 5K race, I'll follow the same strategy, but try maintaining a slightly faster pace for the first two miles to reduce my time a bit. Upcoming races are as follows:
Superun 5K: June 22 (I'm a maybe for this one - I hear it's a super hilly course, which is kind of exciting!)
Summerfest Rock 'n Sole Half Marathon: July 10
5K Famous Racing Sausages Run: July 30
Hank Aaron Trail 5K Run: August 13
What's your racing strategy?