This year I ran in a series of four races called the Resolution Series. There were four races, each one longer than the last — 5, 10, 15, and 20, either kilometers or miles, whichever you choose. I ran the Resolution Series last year as well, in kilometers (so a 5k, 10k, 15k, and 20k), and I wanted to see if I could run each race faster than I did last year, so I chose to run kilometers again this year.
The first one was on January 1st, and I did better this year than last year! This year I ran the 5k in 27:06, so at an 8:40 min/mile pace. Last year I ran the 5k in 28:39, so at a 9:14 pace.
The second race, a 10k, took place later in January, and this year I ran the 10k in 55:55, at a 9:00 pace. Last year I ran it in 58:18, at a 9:23 pace.
The third race, the 15k, took place in February. This year I ran the 15k in 126:12, a 9:15 pace. Last year I ran it in 1:36:19, a 10:21 min/mile pace.
I really did not think I was going to do very well in the fourth race, a 20k. I felt like skipping it! I hadn’t been getting very long runs in, and I just didn’t feel ready. I felt super happy when I did way better than I expected! The fourth race took place on the 3rd weekend of March. The night before the race I had looked up how fast I ran it last year, and I knew I wanted to come in before 2:15:54, which was a 10:57 min/mi pace. When I came around the corner, so very tired and happy that it was almost over, and saw the clock, I was thrilled at the time — I ended up finishing it in 158:54, a 9:34 pace!
I ended up getting second place for the series of races for women in my age group (40-49), and I got second place for women in my age group for the 20k! Yay!!
This series of races is so great because it encourages me to go longer and longer distances. It’s such a super way to start off the year! Maybe next year I’ll try to to run the miles instead of the kilometers! 🙂
Last year after these races were over, I kept up the trend and ran at least once race a month. I’d like to do that again this year, and my race for April will be next weekend, on April 17th. I’m going to be in an indoor mini-triathlon. Should be fun!