I’m only half way into my 5k race season, and I’ve already accomplished a goal that I thought might take another year or two to achieve. I can’t help but find myself asking what’s next?
To be completely honest: I don’t expect to PR again this spring/summer. I had two more races on my calendar in June, but neither course is PR friendly. One has over 15 turns and the other is Charlevoix, which was not my friend last year.
The twisty, turny course is a 5k that I have run for the past 7 years with my best friend. This year I am not racing it. It feels so weird to say that, but after hanging out with my bestie this weekend and realizing that neither of us were registered we decided to pass this year. Neither of us like the new location for the race and we have much bigger things to focus on that day: her baby shower!
This just leaves Charlevoix on my calendar for June 25. I’m keeping Charlevoix even though it sucked last year. Neither of my races this spring seem like a good indication of my current fitness. Glass City ran long and Shanty 2 Shorts was a miracle, dream race (greatly aided by a downhill start). I’d like to get an idea of where I actually am at.
I have 5 weeks left to train. My plan is one week of all easy runs, one week of running every single hill I can find, and three weeks of 5k specific track workouts. A tiny part of me is worried that with all of my recent race tapering/recovery, family vacation, and a week off I have lost all of my fitness. But I know that isn’t true. 5 weeks is plenty of time to polish up the base that I built this winter and get back to race shape.
While my focus this fall will be a half marathon, I might add a few 5ks to my schedule later this year. With a September goal race, I will still have all sorts of fall races available (Halloween races in October, Turkey Trots in November, and Holiday Hustles in December). With an injury free summer/fall I might feel ready to take another shot at sub 20 later this year. On the other hand, I might be so busy with grad school that I hardly run at all during those months. I’m not making any concrete plans at this point.
I’m definitely not done with working on 5ks, but I feel like I am in a really good place to start focusing on different, longer distances.