If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, then you’ve likely noticed over the past couple of weeks that my short distance running pace has slowly been getting faster and faster. Two weeks ago, I ran my first 5k on the treadmill at a 10:00 min/mile pace. When I started running last March, I only dreamed of the day of running a 5k that fast, and it has me wondering, how long will it take for me to get my 5k pace down to a 9:30 pace, or even a 9:00 pace?
With the arrival of summer heat and humidity, as well as being in the early weeks of my half marathon training for Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach, I’m doubtful that I’ll reach new milestone paces anytime soon. Regardless, my recent training PRs, as well as my race PR at the Jaguar 5k two and a half weeks ago has me thinking about what have I been doing that has allowed me to increase my speed?
At this time a year ago, weight training wasn’t a priority. But I’ve noticed that as I’ve made it more and more of a priority that my speed has also slowly been increasing.
Eating clean and limiting the processed food that I eat has allowed me to focus on nourishing my body with nutrient rich foods. I’ve also been trying to limit my salt intake as much as possible, and after a long workout make sure that I replace my lost electrolytes by drinking Powerade.
I’m also trying to make sleep a higher priority. While life has been super crazy lately (we are house hunting, the end of the school year rush has begun, we’ve been out of town the last two weekends, the list goes on), I’ve been doing my best to ensure that I’m getting enough sleep each night. While this has meant that certain things, including keeping up with my blog reading, have been pushed aside, its helped ensure that I’m giving my body the rest that it needs.
Although I’ve made quite a bit of progress, I know that there’s still more work for me to do. I can’t wait to see what my short distance running pace is at another year from now!
QOTD: What do you do in order to help increase your running speed?