A 6 week plan to TIme trial a 5k
This was the year of 1000 miles run. And next year the plan is to add 50% to that. After a 16 week base building running routine, building to 30 miles per week, I began a Strava supplied 5k plan. It was my first true training schedule in more than 18 years! This is the story of how that plan helped me improve in the 5k from 22:00 down to 18:xx.
400m: 79-85 seconds
800m: 2:50-3:04 (x5)
1 Mile: 6:10-6:30 hard efforts
2 Mile: 12:19 hard effort 3 weeks out
Long: 7:20-8:00 (10+ miles)
Easy: 8:00-9:00/min mile
These paces were loosely provided by a calculator as targets, but are the actual paces run over the 6 weeks.
Long term the goal is to establish a base of 50-60 miles weekly over a 2-3 year period. Workouts are a regular occurrence and most days have active rest at a lower heart rate on manageable terrain. Doing short fast intervals on easier runs helps with understanding and improving form. It can be fun to set mini goals on specific segments as a way to keep intervals interesting.
For this plan low mileage was 38 and a high of 52 miles. Since hills can change things, monitoring time on your feet helps- all weeks were 5-7hrs spent running.
Time trial day came up quickly. There is no reason to do anything too different from normal on the day of- but I tried to make all minor decisions align for a good effort. Small meal of oatmeal and fruit to get going, and some coffee. Give things time to digest (20-30min) then a short 15 min warmup with a few quick strides mixed in, then Go time!
For the most part I start the day with oatmeal mixed with peanut butter mix and protein mix and a fresh fruit rolled in (blueberry, strawberry, banana). My total intake is around 1g or protein per pound of weight (180 gram total) and targeting between 2200-3000 calories per day. This range allows for refueling during longer runs.
The morning of hard efforts can include caffeine. There are
many ways to take caffeine, I prefer tea and coffee.
Salomon shoes, handheld water bottle, Apple Watch,
It is hard not to want to run everyday. And when it is done at the right speed and duration there
is no reason running can’t be a daily activity.
Building the 5k Training Plan
Building the plan takes time. Even the best templates need to be customized to account for your schedule. Some tools make it much easier, and allow for variations in daily and weekly mileage with sample target paces for your goal race pace.