5bythe5th Link up + Best Run

Yay! Another 5 by the 5th month in the books! I didn’t actually get to run a 5k “race” this month, as the five days fell Monday-Friday, and I had a race Saturday.  But I did an interval run on Tuesday and pulled my 5k time from there, approximately 23:35.

Next month is my goal 5k race, where I hope to get sub-20.  The 5k happens to fall on May 4th, so it will also count for this series. Yikes… May in Texas is brutal, I’m already nervous…

Here’s a little about this month’s prizes. I met the owner of Better than Boys at a local half marathon this fall, and she generously offered to share a shirt.  Her talented 8 year old daughter inspired her to start this line, as she was constantly outperforming the boys in soccer.  Check out the website to see the full line of her cute tees, decal and jewelry! Winner: Farrah

Injinji offered two pairs of socks.  These were the first toe socks that I’ve ever worn on a run, and I was surprised at how comfortable they were.  The socks are designed to help prevent blisters by separating your toes with lightweight, breathable fabric.  Have you tried these? Winners: Janet S and Julie G

And finally, a pair of Brooks shoes.  My favorites are the Glycerin.  I wore them in most of my fall races, and continue to keep a pair in my shoe rotation. Winner: Christa J.

I’m also linking up with Miss Zippy to share my best run from last week.

I don’t often stop to recap one run.  If you want to play along, link up at her blog!

Since I’m finally becoming more consistent with interval training, they are becoming my favorite run(s) of the week.  I get nervous and even dread them some days, but I really do enjoy pushing myself and love how accomplished I feel afterward.

Tuesday I planned 5 x 1000m at just faster than 5k pace.  Unfortunately, the local track is only available for groups (my running group has access on Thursday nights) so I was on my own.

I headed down a local path with minimal street crossings, and started with a 2 mile warm up and then set out.   They were each about .65 mile and came in at 6:33, 6:32, 6:29, 6:28 and 6:25.  I was hoping to hit all 5 around 6:25 pace, but with the wind and underpasses, I was happy with it.  And it was a nice, cool morning which is always a treat in Houston.

A close second was my 4 mile race on Saturday…. that was was a little warmer.  Recap will be up tomorrow!

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58 thoughts on “5bythe5th Link up + Best Run

  1. I’m still sad I didn’t have a 5 by the 5th in time for April, but I needed to rest .. and I know you would have gotten on my case if I didn’t 😉
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  2. I actually ran this, and once again, failed to make it official and report it. This has been a reoccurring problem lately.

    Congrats on that faspeed work – even more miraculous – a cool morning in Houston?? HA!
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    • I sometimes wonder if people need more reminders, but I don’t want to annoy people with too many emails, either… it’s hard to find that balance. 🙂 Coming over to read about your sub-2!!
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  3. So cool that you are loving the intervals -you really are making me want to head to the track again!!!

  4. Great runs, With good weather you will have no problem with a sub 20. I can send some of our cold (high of 40s this week) to you and keep it cooler in Texas!
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  5. Based on your 4 miler time on Sat, I predict a sub 20 5k next time you race!!

    There’s a free one on Sunday (last Sunday of April). But I think you’ve got one scheduled for early May already.

    I am so excited for you!!!

  6. You look like you really enjoyed that run – love it!

    My son is now doing a track program on Monday nights and tonight I’m going to get in my run during his class – I haven’t run on a track in forever, maybe I’ll be inspired to get in a few sprints 🙂
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  7. I love this challenge!! It has made me become more consistent with running and has pushed me to think of the possibilities for my own running. I am incorporating nutrition because of you and pushing my body to limits that I never thought would ever cross my mind! I’m thinking of work outs in terms of strength training, cross training, types of runs … Thanks for getting me to think of fitness as a whole. I am no longer focused on losing weight, like I was when I started this challenge, but rather what can I do today to make me better tomorrow. I am playing with cause & effect to find what works best for me. Thanks Laura !!

  8. With how you have been running I think a sub 20 min 5k is definitely in your reach! Texas is hot…so I’ve heard but you can do it!!! Love those Better than Boys shirts!!! I’m so thankful for this challenge! It helps me to see that I am getting faster…little by little!
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    • Haha, I hear you! My best was 20:22, and in a 5k, 22 seconds is a LOT to take off! I definitely prefer the longer distances too, but thought I’d use this spring to focus on speed for a change. It’s been fun! Although I can’t say racing short races is “fun” 🙂
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  9. How did I not know you lived in Texas? (or are you just racing there?). Regardless, I really hope you break 20. Such a random number and I’ve had my fair stresses with it…who cares about that 6:27 pace anyways. I’m actually hoping at my next 5k I’ll be below it as well!
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    • Yep- we moved here for a 2 year post doc for my husband but are moving back to the east coast (NYC area) in July. I’m so ready for cooler temps! But we really enjoyed our time here. And isn’t 6:27 your half marathon pace, speedy lady?!
      Laura recently posted..5bythe5th Link up + Best RunMy Profile

    • Sometimes I feel confident, and other days I think, how in the world will I shave off another 20 seconds when I was giving it everything I had?! 🙂 So we shall see… but thanks for your confidence!
      Laura recently posted..5bythe5th Link up + Best RunMy Profile

  10. You’re so strong! Those runs keep getting faster and faster! So cool! you’re so right about TX. having warm weather, look at that sweat! I hope we can get a run in while we’re at Blend Retreat… that makes me smile to type… we get to run together! so flipin excited to meet you!
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  12. Nice job on the intervals! I bet you will get that sub-20 5K!

    I’ve been so behind on grading papers and some other work that I haven’t had much time for posting this past week, so I don’t have a link to share. I did get in my 5K run, though, and definitely felt the slip in my conditioning after a month of not doing much concerted speed work.
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