5k in under 30 minutes has been a goal of mine for a while. I was close at the last triathlon I did this season with a 30:05 but I'm always around the 32-33 minute mark. Well today I ran 17k with Andy and as we were setting off he told me his "plan". He wants to get Sydney and I to our 5k in under 30 goal and thought that perhaps today we could try to run the first 5 of our run under 30, and then the remaining 12 at whatever I felt comfortable at. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure I could do it but agreed to give it a shot. We set off at a pace Andy said would get us there. I avoided looking at my watch because although I love me some technology it sometimes holds me back mentally when I constantly check to see how fast (or slow depending on your frame of reference) I'm going and see I've matched the mental barriers I've set up in my head. Less than a kilometre into the run I was uncomfortable. I could tell this was going to be hard, especially as we were running into a really tough headwind, and I was hoping I'd be able to pull it off. Andy was trying to make conversation at first but realized that the talking would have to resume once we were back to a more reasonable pace for me. He let me run in my "cone of silence" while giving me encouragement every once in a while and letting me know we were still on pace. At 1k left Andy told me we were going to make it and I was thrilled! We hit 5k at 29:23 and a new PB for me!
The remaining 12k went really well. It was really windy (in seemingly every direction - what is up with that) but Andy and I chatted the whole time and the kilometers just ticked by. We hit 17k at 1:46:39 which is a 6:15/ km pace. If I can run that at the race on the 17th I'll definately improve on my time from last year and have a new PB for the half marathon.