I recently made a new year’s resolution to be able to run 5k in 18 minutes. I didn’t think about it that much, I just saw it on a few running message boards and it seemed like a standard RUNNER’S time for a 5k.
I told my dad about it because he is also a runner. He’s actually a really, really good runner and used to run for New Zealand in his younger days. He frowned when I mentioned the time and used maths (not my strongest point) to show me that I’d have to run each kilometre in about 3 and a half minutes and keep up that pace for five kilometres.
He basically told me it was impossible. Now that I've really thought about it, I have to say I kind of agree with him… BUT I have the whole year to work towards this. And it’s a good goal to work towards. Even if I don’t make that 18 minute mark, it won’t have been in vain. And I really want to be able to do it just so I can wave it in his face!
Right now I can run 5k in about 25 minutes. I haven’t really been trying for speed, just a matter of putting one foot in front of the other. So here’s to shaving a whole seven minutes off my time this year. I can do it!!...????