April 23, 2013

Race Recap: Crystal City 5k Fridays

One of my goals for 2013 is to run a sub-25 minute 5k.

My current PR is 25:03.

One would think it would be tremendously easy to knock 4 seconds off of my 5k time.

That would be true...if I actually knew how to do math.

I had hoped to be able to run the entire 5k series which happen in Crystal City every Friday in April at 6:30pm

As life would have it, I would only be able to run 1 of the 4 races so that would be my big attempt at a 5k PR.

I normally leave work early on Fridays and this past Friday was no different.

I got home, changed, drank a bottle of water and just kind of hung out before The Pilot, the puppy and I headed over to the start.

They were calling for a thunderstorm and the clouds were looming but the rain hadn't started yet.

The Race Start was crowded and I headed out at just below an 8:00 pace with the idea that if I maintained that, I would run in under 25 minutes.

5ks are short enough that this doesn't need to be a full on recap. Basically, I ran the 2nd mile a little bit slower than the first mile and picked the pace back up at Mile 3. I felt strong the whole time and thought I was on course to PR until my watch beeped at the 3rd mile marker in 24-something and I realized that I still had 0.1 to go.

Forgetting to calculate the 0.1 in the 5k when you're aiming for a PR is not the best way to achieve said PR.

I finished in 25:3x. My official results weren't recorded for some reason but I know I didn't PR.

Womp womp.

Fun Fact: The reason I ran a 4:01 marathon at Richmond is because I forgot to calculate the 0.2  in my pacing strategy.

Looks like I've learned a tough lesson.

Welp, 5ks are a dime a dozen. Let's hope I can hit that sub-25 sometime soon...and remember the lesson for Marine Corps in October. 


  1. hahah this is great! Well now you know that with planning you will hit goal for the MCM!

  2. Bummer you didn't make it this time around - that just means you can set yourself up for a good showing the next 5K that comes by! ;)

  3. I use Daily Mile to predict paces for race distances like that. Just pretend you're making a new entry and enter in the distance and your goal time. I also ran 26.44 in both of my last two marathons (no Garmin for my first), so that's what I go by when trying to figure out goal pace. Ex. goal time for my June marathon is 3:49:59/8:46 (official) pace. But really 8:41 pace if I account for not running the tangents.

  4. I've been there! I've also had the issue where my watch distance and the course distance don't match up. For these reasons I usually display the total time elapsed instead of the pace towards the end of a race.

  5. Ha, I do that a lot. I always forget the .XX Ruins everything!!

    You're right, though, there are tons of 5ks throughout the year, so you're bound to crush your PR sometime this year!

  6. MCM BABY! I missssss you. I miss that we aren't in Europe right now. I'm actually really sad about it :(


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