It´s all about the mind (5x2k session)

Today´s session was the 5x2k, the most difficult of the program. It challenges me like no other run I ever experienced. It´s also the first run of the key period of this training that comprehends day 3 to day 8 (long run on day 5 and 6x1k on day 8).

New times decided after last Saturday´s time-trial and a little fear of not being able to finish it crossing my mind. Yesterday rained most of the day and this morning the temperature was nice (20C). So, I wouldn´t have the weather to blame.

I started the first rep feeling confident. So confident that half the way I noticed I was going faster than I had to. So, slowed down and completed in time. The second and third reps were normal, but started feeling a little tired.

The fourth rep was tough. Half the way I started feeling really tired. From this point on, it was all about the mind. I had to keep telling me I could do it. But I still had the fifth. Yes, another 2k in 8min40sec feeling almost out of energy. But I had to do it, right? So, after a 90 seconds rest (not enough, by the way!), I went for it. I went for it like I never did before. I knew I had to finish because this session would make me stronger, faster. And I finished it, feeling completely exhausted, but mentally stronger.

Feb 17th – 5x2k 4:20/km 90s Rest – Day 3

Rep Time AHR RHR
01 08:37 172 164
02 08:37 177 166
03 08:40 180 169
04 08:39 183 171
05 08:40 181 174
Total 43:13 179 169



I´m 32 years old, live in Sao Paulo-BRA and started running regularly on Sep´08, but only on Feb´09 started following a training program. I haven´t stopped since…

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