Breaking 21

My 5K test done in the end of the first cycle was a complete success. I ran at the time I wanted: a sub 21min. On Saturday morning I met some friends, who also run, at a bakery store. When they asked my plans for that weekend I said I´d try to run 5k sub 21 for the first time. Saturday was a day off, Sunday night would be my attempt.

I always start any quality session or any trial warming up for 2km at an easy pace. During the warm up I felt that everything was going nice it I would have a great run.

I started and tried to establish a steady pace. First and second kms were nicely done. But since the 2nd km is slightly uphill, I felt it and completed the 3rd a little slower. During the 4th came that feeling that I wouldn´t make. Even considered aborting in the end but I had to struggle against it.

Since the course is 3km long, I knew I would finish the 5th km going slightly uphill (same as 2nd). For a few meters I had to reduce the pace to breathe better in order to keep going. After that, I imagined the finish line and gave the best I could for a last km. Really gladed I did it.

Here´s the splits:

5K test – Night Run 25C



AHR= Average Heart Rate
MHR= Max Heart Rate




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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