I am already registered for a few spring races, and YIKES my first batch of 5k’s are barely 5 weeks away. I know I can slog my way through a 5K if I need to. The question is, should I choose a deliberate plan that will help me improve my 5k time, or do I just jump into a proper half marathon plan?
I need to start training NOW, yet I’m not sure what training program to use. For my very first 5K, I had never done any running before and I used Couch to 5K. Then I used Jeff Galloway’s training for my half marathon, using a 2:30 to 1 run/walk ratio. It was great. However I refused to slow down my pace for my “long run” days, which came to bite me in the end. (My “long run” pace was over 15 mins per mile, which is practically walking!) I ended up with a knee issue 6 weeks before my race date, and during the race I had to do a 2 min walk/1 min run. I’m pretty sure the speedy long runs, especially when I was running so little during the week, were the culprit of my knee injury.