According to the June 2012 issue of Runner’s World, my new 5k PR puts me a mere 12 seconds away from marking me as a “serious” runner.
Maybe in another month or two I’ll attempt to shave off 3 seconds per mile and make the leap from hobby jogger to serious runner.
With my new 5k time comes new training paces…
My November HM time of 2:06:48 gave me an equivalent 5k time of 27:20 in RLRF, so I was using that for my training paces the past few months. I had noted recently that my long run pace seems to have shifted to around a 9:40 pace, and 10:00 has become my easy full-sentence conversational pace, and I guess my new 5k time confirms it.
|HMP + 20||10:09||9:21|
|HMP + 30||10:19||9:31|
Some of these new paces sound kinda tough. By the way, a 25:11 (25:10) 5k predicts a 1:56:39 half marathon. Gulp.
I know Run Less Run Faster suggests you do a 5k along the way to gauge progress and adjust training paces if necessary. I need to go back and re-read parts of the book, but I think my 5k time predicts a 1:56:39 half based on my current fitness…not if I were to just begin the training now.
I was going to share something funny I came across about having curly hair, but I changed my mind because it turns out my hair wasn’t curly at all today. It was above 90 with minimal humidity. When allowed to air dry, as usual, this is what my hair looked like. The natural curl appears to have fallen out– wtf? And yes, this is pretty straight for my hair as there are no ringlets.
Maybe I need to take advantage of the low humidity and dust off my hair straightener again to finish the job. I kind of gave up on straightening my hair when it took me an hour and a half and in high northeast humidity, it would start to curl up again mid-day.