5 by the 5th: March


The first of the month means another 5 by the 5th virtual race recap. To find out more about Laura’s race series, check out her website, Mommy Run Fast.


5 by the 5th: March | A Mother's Pace


My goal for this month was to beat my 5k time from February, which was a PB for me at 25:38 (8:16 pace). I just happened to read my training plan wrong before my workout and I thought I needed to better an 8:03 pace. Those 13 seconds make a big difference at that speed but I didn’t realize this until after I was already finished! When I realized that I would have to run 3.1 miles at 7.5 on my treadmill instead of the typical 7.0’s I’ve been doing for speed work, I got a little nervous.


5 by the 5th: March | A Mother's Pace


I plan my speed work by using Greg McMillan’s Running Calculator and my plan for this was faster than a speed work session but this is a race, right? I decided to go for it and try to knock off a few seconds to better my best.

I jumped on the treadmill and warmed up at 6.3 for half a mile. Then I restarted my treadmill before I started the 5k. My 5k splits for the race: 8:00, 8:01, and 8:48 for the last 1.1 miles.


5 by the 5th: March | A Mother's Pace


I ran my fastest 5k and finally went under the 25 minute mark, finishing in 24:49 (8:00 pace) with a new PB! I know the treadmill makes it easier for me to hit a quicker pace but this really gives me hope that I’ll be able to do this in a road race soon.

I cooled down for a bit and finished my run with a total of 4.5 miles in 38:10 with an average pace of 8:28 for the entire run.

This was tough and I’m going to have to work hard during March in order to take off a couple of seconds for my April 5 by the 5th race. I’m thinking of adjusting my training paces a little because I am getting faster. I don’t really want to use this treadmill race as a guide because I don’t know that I would have actually ran that fast off of the treadmill.


5 by the 5th: March | A Mother's Pace


After running on the treadmill I usually use the stairs on the way up to stretch out. After my 5 by the 5th race, my cheering section of one stopped to stretch with me. I love sharing fitness with my children.

And, in case you missed it, here’s my 5 by the 5th: February recap.

This virtual race was my 3rd race of the year. I have one more race scheduled in March and I’m well on my way to completing my goal of 14 races in 2014. #14in2014


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Are you running Laura’s 5 by the 5th Virtual Race? How was your March race? Are you participating in 14 races in 2014? How many races have you completed so far?



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  1. Bre & Ree says:

    Congratulations on your pace! That’s fantastic! I’ve only run one race so far this year, but I have a half marathon scheduled for May 4th. I love the virtual race idea though; it would be great for training, especially since I train alone. Good luck on your next race. At this rate you’ll reach your goal for sure!
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  2. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama says:

    Nice job! I’m making it a point of getting outside for every race during this go around. I’m kind of shocking myself on my pace.
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  3. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast says:

    Wow!! I somehow missed this post earlier, but fantastic job on your new pr and sub-25 5k!!
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