That was my 5k time off the watch today. I was going to do mile repeats and decided let me see how I feel at the 1 mile split which was 6:33. I felt in control so I just notched it up a hair and was able to hit my fastest 5k tempo for 2017. That is an average of 6:29 per mile and I'm happy with that. I wasn't wiped out or anything so I'll take it. I am off work today, so I had a couple hours to wake up.
Six weeks to Al's. The 5k today is really about the same effort as the 10k trial from Saturday. If you punch the 42:09 in it says I am capable of a 20:12 which is real accurate. So am I progressing? Punch in 20:09 and I think it forecasted a 33:09 for the 8k. That is still 99 seconds to shave off in 6 weeks. I have to get faster...that's what my brain is telling me. There is no breakaway speed. I can't summon the hidden gear any longer. Bootsy from Parliament has left the building. The funk is gone.
I could ask 6 people how to best get where I want to be and I'd get similar responses in my opinion. The best answer may be get to 165 pounds (172 today), run fewer miles, and race myself to a potential mini peak. Finally if I punch in 31:30 for an 8k it says I should be capable of a 19:08 5k. Somehow this makes it look even more possible. Again these are efforts on my own and not under race conditions. I'd love to think I could bring the mail. The two things that absolutely killed me there last year was the heat and not having the ability to remotely handle a decent pace more than a couple miles. I just did not see that former abilities off basic training had just vanished. Yeah...it's real.