I’m on a roll. For three weeks in a row, I’ve clocked a new 5K PB at the local Park Run. We have done the same run every week for 4 weeks and every time, I’m markedly faster than last time. This past week, I finished in 25:49, FIRST in my age group! FIRST! I actually didn’t think this was an achievable objective until I was in the 60+ category. But I beat all women age 30-34! I squealed with conceited glee when the results came in on Saturday morning and immediately dashed off to the computer to determine just exactly how many people I beat. Turns out it was only 8, but still. My pride remains.
Basically, in the course of 2 months, I’ve gone from a 5K PB of 27:30 to 25:49!
So what’s the secret? New diet? New shoes? New workouts. Nope, nope, nope. I am just trying.
I guess I have never really actually worked on getting faster. I just always assumed I was an average/slow runner and focused on distance vs. speed. But turns out the simple act of trying makes all the difference! This is actually borderline infuriating. What the hell have I been missing all these years? Could a 1:45 half marathon have actually been within my reach? Could I have shaved 15 minutes off my marathon time? Have I just been holding myself back? My whole perception on this speed thing has changed. Maybe I really am a much faster runner!
Some other interesting things. Running faster has some pretty awesome benefits like:
- You work your abdominal muscles harder which means a flatter stomach without crunches. Yay!
- You burn more calories
- Your form is improved (not always, but sometimes running faster improves your posture and footstrike)
- You improve race times in other distances!
- You’re done your run way faster
- You look like way more of a badass
Clearly, this is not an exhaustive list of benefits, and i’m clearly not an expert on the benefits fast running, but basically everything points to the fact that I have been missing out all these years.
I thought a sub 25 time was an impossibility, but I’m a little more convinced I could actually do this. Onward and upward… er downward I guess!