EdgarHF wrote:I was able to do my first sub 10 minute mile
Woo Hoo! Way to push yourself Edgar!
EdgarHF wrote:I think I will try to see if maintain that over the distance Saturday
If you feel you can, then go for it! On your next pre race run (maybe Thursday?) try holding that pace for 1.5 to 2 miles don't be afraid to push yourself even further.
The week of a race I try to run 2 to 3 days of that week, but resting on Friday - no running the day before a race. And I try to make all the runs a little quicker, just being aware of a faster foot turnover, and then at least one of them I try to run the race distance at race pace - to get my body used to moving faster, breathing harder, working harder. Give your legs a full day to rest, even two, if you prefer - but what you did today was perfect - pushing yourself, going faster, mentally envisioning how you will race on Saturday.
I have a running friend who is in his 70's now, about 7 years ago he and I were training partners, he has been a great mentor to me, and he always said "there is no such thing as pacing yourself in a 5K...just toe up to the line and when the gun goes off you haul a$$ til you cross the finish line!"
He doesn't race anymore, but in all those years we raced many a 5K, and I have never beat him in a 5K race! I came within 30 seconds once. And at that time it was my fastest 5K ever - 23:16 - i even won 1st place female finisher - and still I could not run down his old arse! LOL!
Best of luck to ya for the race!