I started re-training for a 5K that is in October. This would be the same event that I ran in October of '09 when I got serious about fitness. I ran the 5K in 40:37. When I finished running and spoke to another finisher, she told me that it will be nice to compare my time in a year and see how I improve. And that is just what I plan to do.
I intend to run the race in October. After reading an article and speed program in Fitness this month, I realized that I could absolutely increase my speed. I run on a treadmill primarily, and while it is significantly different than running on terrain, I know that I can do the program and see a faster pace in the race. My goal is to run 3.1 miles in 36 minutes. That would be a pace of 12 minutes. Yikes!
Today, I started week one of the program, but will repeat week one next week. It said to do 15-25 minutes of an "easy run", which is my normal pace. But it also required me to push my speed for at least the last 5 minutes. I pumped up some Black Eyed Peas and ran for 5 minutes at 5.0 mph; 12 minute mile. I'd never done that before. While I have run 6.0 mph, I called that my sprint. Yes, I'm slow. While it isn't super fast, it is a big difference for me. So my goal is to exceed the 12 minute mile on the treadmill and outdoors.
I hope to take the training outdoors at least once a week when hubby can stay home with the kids. Early morning runs are now in nice bright sunlight, so I am no longer fearful of running outdoors.
How is your summer fitness plan going? Do you find yourself exercising indoors, if so what do you do? Or have you branched outdoors? What is your outdoor fitness activity?