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PB Targetting order

  • 01-03-2020 10:17pm
    Registered Users Posts: 505 ✭✭✭ bigbadcon

    Hi folks,

    I'm hoping to beat some of my PBs this year for the 5k (22:34),10k (51 mins) and the half marathon (1:56) but am unsure which order I should try to tackle them in.

    (The 10k one is a pretty soft one so I dont think that would be too difficult in comparison to the others.)

    The one I'd really like to improve the most is my 5k but I was thinking that if I started with the longer distances the extra mileage involved in training for these would help with the other PBs. Is this correct??

    I set my 5k pb after training for a marathon in 2018 and wasnt doing anything specific to 5ks at the time but now i'm lucky to get in the 23 minute mark.

    I know I need to put some speed work in which I've never really done so I've looked up a couple of 5k plans but im thinking instead of just concentrating on the 5k would it be smarter to work my way down from the half, 10k then 5k??

    Thanks in advance


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,535 ✭✭✭ Dudda

    Exactly Work on the half marathon. To beat that you need a good aerobic fitness base which will involve a decent amount of mileage. Once you crack that you'll have a great starting point and after a few recovery days you should be able to do a few speed sessions and then break the 5k.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,159 ✭✭✭ ariana`

    I'd say your HM is soft too. I have a similar 5k (22:42) and my HM is 1:48. I've never trained specifically for 5k but i did train for the HM by following a specific plan over 14 weeks. Focus on the HM, get yourself running consistently 4-5 days per week, lots of easy/aerobic miles, a longer run and some tempo work. Follow it up with a short 10k block and that time will drop too.

    Out of interest i put your 5k time into the training pace calculator that i use and it gives a corresponding 10k time of 47:00.9 and HM is 1:44:20. So those are the times that with the right aerobic base and specific race training you should be in a position to aim for ;)