>> Thursday, December 01, 2011
So I'm gearing up for my indoor 5000 meters on Sunday. I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for 25 laps on a 200 meter track. The first (and only) time I did an indoor 5000, the monotony of 25 laps actually did NOT get to me - I was surprised I didn't get bored / depressed / sad during the race. But I think I really "psyched myself up" for having to do 25 laps and then while I was doing it, it didn't seem so bad.
Here are 3 quick photos from last year's indoor 5000:
Starting just under the starter's armpit.
(You can see smoke from his gun!)
Going out WAY to hard: I ran my first 1600 in 5:20!
Swinging wide on the final lap, about to hit the line and my watch.
So to do a 17:30 5K, I'd need to run 5:37.96 miles.
My one problem with this calculator is that I'm running on a track. I can easily take my 1600 meter splits, but that's a little short of a mile. That brings me to a second calculator called the "Race Planner." HERE'S A LINK TO THE RACE PLANNER. At the Race Planner, I enter my variables, and it gives me my desired splits:
Overall splits for a 17:30 5K.
At the Race Planner, I could even type in "800 meters" for my splits. That gives me a race plan of this:
And FYI: last time I ran my 5000 in 17:17.3. This time, if I'd LOVE to be able to do a 17:30 (as I've been using in my examples here). As seen here, that would be a 5:38 / mile pace, or a 5:36 / 1600 pace. I'm shooting to keep my 1600s in the 5:30s, so I'd run something between 17:15 (5:31 / 1600 - yeah right) and 17:45 (5:41 / 1600) for my 5000. We'll see what I can do! I'm just hoping to really make myself suffer, especially from about mile 1.5 - 2.5 where I tend to ease up too much.
Check back for a race report on Monday!!