One of Janelle’s running goals this season is to finish a 5k in under 30 minutes. Her best time last year was just under 35:00 so shaving 5 minutes off that time is an ambitious project.
So far this year, we’ve run three 5ks. After yesterday’s Rock n’ Roll run I think we’ve found a benchmark of where she’s at this season. (FYI, we are running as partners this seasons so our finish times are about the same.)
Here’s the finish number thus far:
Nashua Soup Kitchen run: 37:48
Girls Inc run: 36:00
Concord Rock n’ Roll run: 36:22
That may look daunting, but there’s some trending positives which lead me to believe she’s on the right path for a pre-30 min. race by the end of the season. First, at the Nashua race she ran a sub-10 minute first mile. That was way too fast of a start and it dragged her down the rest of the race. So, for the Girls Inc. run, we worked on pacing and focusing on maintaining a reasonable rhythm. And as you can see, the results were good.
So, what happened in yesterday’s race? Well, it was hot and it’s a hilly course. But digging into the numbers shows some positive trends. First, she ran the first two full miles without resting, nearly 23 minutes. Her pace for those first two miles was a steady 11:30. So, it’s clear that if she was able to maintain that pace for the final mile she could have finished in around 35-35:30.
It seems as though the issue right now is endurance. Her head was certainly in the race yesterday and we didn’t have cramping issues until the very end.
One interesting stat from yesterday’s race was how well she did within her own age group. For 11 and unders she finish 37 out of 121!
So, our next race appears to be the Girls on the Run race on June 9. Our plan is to work on some cardio sprints to get her lung capacity up there. I think we’ll also play around with her running form a bit as she tends to drag her feet when she gets tired.
All in all a great day. While we’d both rather be hiking, it’s been fun being partners on the running course. Oh and by the way Aunt Stephanie, she loves the shoes!