That’s a Terrible Idea


I was driving the boys to track practice last night. Mr. Neon was meeting me there. I got this crazy idea in my head and decided to bounce it off Mr. Neon. I called him and told him that instead of the prescribed mixed interval workout, I was going to attempt to break my 5K PR.

“Tonight?” he asked.

“Tonight,” I said.

I haven’t PR’ed anything in nearly 2 years, with the exception of a sad 11 second 10K PR. It counts, but my hip was in BAD shape. I’m just glad I was able to hold my fitness level.

I use a combination of heartrate and the McMillan Running app to determine what pace I should run my workouts. McMillan is based on a race PR. Right now my 27:19 two year old 5K PR is still my fastest PR at any distance, so I’ve been using it for my paces. BUT! My paces lately have been feeling a bit too easy and my HR isn’t getting into the zones that I should get it into.

So what do I decide to do? Run a fast 5K, just because I can. The temperature was relatively was cool, I was well hydrated, and I had access to a track. The only downside was that it was 6pm in the evening, not an ideal PR time for me who is normally an early morning runner.


I set off too fast. It hurt. I wanted to stop after each lap around the track. I ran near perfect positive splits (8:18, 8:28, 8:36). And yet, I managed to do it. An entire minute off my old 5K time. McMillan is now telling me that I should be able to run a 2:01:41 half. Should I line up with the 2:00 pace group? Could I do it? 9:05 pace for most of the race. Whew. That’s speedy.

Mr. Neon told me this morning that I won’t know unless I try. That’s what I’m going to try and do. There’s a high chance I’ll crash and burn. But the good thing about running is you always get another chance. There are always more miles left to be run.

Stay neon.

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