When I first started Running, I ran my first 5K in 42 minutes. Since then, it has been a personal goal of mine to run a sub 30 Minute 5K. Although I’ve been running for the past two years, I wouldn’t class myself as a ‘runner’. I wouldn’t run consistently, I’d go out for one run a week, two if I was coming up to a race and after my race I would give myself 4 – 6 months off. I enjoyed running but for some reason it wasn’t something I would do regularly, life always seemed to get in the way. Needless to say, there was no way I was going to achieve my goal.
The one thing I have realised over the past two years is running is a consistent sport if you want to see improvements. If you want to get Faster, one run every now and then won’t make that happen. In order to get faster, you need to incorporate speed sessions, hill sprints and recovery runs into your training schedule. Oh, that reminds me, you NEED a training schedule. One that you know you will stick to, that you can fit around your daily life and one that is appropriate to your current ability. If you’ve never ran a marathon before, don’t use a training programme designed to improve your marathon time, you’ll only burn yourself out!
For the past few weeks I’ve been making sure I go on at least 3 runs a week – normally a mix between a speed session, a recovery session and a long run.
Tuesday I set out on an easy 40 minute run but when I clocked my first mile, I realised I’d done it in 09:11 minutes. I thought this would be a one off but I passed my second mile in 09:14 minutes. It was at this point I thought I might actually be able to do it – I might actually be able to run my sub 30 minute 5K. I knew I had another 1.1 miles to go so I put my favourite song on repeat and ran. The last mile hurt and I mean really really hurt, but I ran one of my fastest ever miles at 08:21.
I finished my 5K (well 3.13 miles to be exact) in 27:34 minutes. I have never smiled so much in my life!
It’s only a little goal but it meant the world to me. It just shows that consistency and hard work really does pay off – there is nothing better than seeing yourself get stronger and faster!
So now what happens? When you reach your goal, that doesn’t mean you stop. You set another goal and you keep trying to get better and faster! My next goal is to do a sub 25 minute 5K – I’m only 2:34 minutes off so I know it’s do-able if the conditions are right on the day!
What is the best goal you’ve achieved?
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and have a lovely weekend!