Week 11 of my Garmin Coach 5K plan and I shaved 1:23 minute of my 5K time! My fastest time is now at 37:14 min, which means I only have 2 minutes and 14 seconds to beat during my race in two weeks! This week’s training has some easy runs, a nice sprint workout and a not so easy long easy run, Coach Greg fooled me!
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Training 40 – Easy run
This week starts with an easy run: 10 minute warm-up, 25 minute easy run, 10 minute optional easy run and 10 minute cooling down. The easy runs should be done at a pace between 8:00 and 8:30 min/km. I was a little faster as intended and ran them at 7:54 and 7:57 min/km. Consistent and not bad, as they did feel easy to me! I decided to cut my cooling down a bit short as I miscalculated my halfway point and was not feeling like running an extra round. Apparently 22,5 minutes is not half of 55 minutes, who knew?
Training 41 – Sprint workout
Training 42 – Easy run
Another easy run: 10 minute warm-up, 25 minute easy run, 10 minute optional easy run and 10 minute cooling down. The second I closed my front door behind me I noticed I was going to have an issue during this run with my Garmin watch. I had forgotten to charge it (downside of long battery life?) and with 3% battery left I wasn’t too optimistic it would be able to record the entire training. A little over halfway into my training, my watch did die on me and I was worried about what would be registered and if this would affect Coach Greg’s confidence at all. I do have my phone with me during my runs since I bought a Flipbelt a little while ago, so I had turned Strava on to record my run at this start. Luckily my watch did save the workout up until the moment the battery died and Coach Greg found this was enough judging by the “Good job”. I ran the whole workout at an average pace of 7:57 min/km, which was a bit faster as me and Coach Greg wanted, but it felt good so I’m fine with that.
Training 43 – Long easy run
So, the first 5K I ran in 37:14, but this includes my warming up. Then I continued my run at approximately 8:30 min/km.