My birthday is this coming Sunday, 9/11. I will be 31 years old. In celebration, I am going to run a 5k on Saturday. The Innsbrook 5k here in Richmond to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. My half marathon plan is on a cutback week with a 4 mile long run, so I figure a 5k at race pace with a half mile warm up will be sufficient.
Goal is to take 31 seconds off of my time. Currently my 5k PR is 36:35 set in June. The weather that morning was close to 80* and sunny. As of now it looks like the temp will be closer to 70* and partial cloud cover this Saturday.
Of course in reality I would like to go under 36:00 to be that much closer to my overall goal of going under 35:00 within the next year. (Or after my two scheduled half marathons are completed.) But I thought with the 31st birthday 31 seconds was good to shoot for.
Regarding my current half marathon training, I think it is going very well. We are following the same routes as last year. I took about 5:30 off of the time my same 6 mile training run took me to complete last year at an easy long run pace.
Look out for a race report this weekend!