The track workout surely shocked my mind a bit. Man, running fast at the track is hard. I was humbled but emerged with renewed motivation to work on my mental game (because I think this is so important in the 5K!). The thing is, I always make my paces in training (the faster range of my paces, the higher end of my HR) so I need to believe things will come through for me come race day.
My hard/long workouts this week have been faster than I have ever gone before (except the track, that was slower/shorter). I rocked a 17 miler with Katie today and ran it faster than ever before, while keeping it within my aerobic HR zone. I rocked a progression/tempo/HARD finish run on Thursday. I rocked my recovery runs on trails or treadmill. On top of it all, my legs feel good! I am on a roll:)
I have also started working the mind and experimenting with various strategies to see what fits me. I know I need to do this work now, so that I can practice what works and make it automatic. I can't wait until race day to do that work if I want to see results. The sub 19 5K is mostly a mental barrier for me. I know I can do it. I just freak out when I see a sub 6 pace on my watch. I can't do that. I need to get my brain habituated to that pace. It is so much easier for me to run by heart rate because I do not have these associations with paces. The HR number is just a number, while the pace is so much more. Five more weeks until the first 5K. I know what I need to do, and I will just execute it.
Oh, and I have my prediction all ready for Katie's marathon. She rocked her 20 miler today, probably a PR 20 miler for her on tired legs (faster than any 20 miler she or I have ever done before)! So fun to have such a strong and fun training partner!