Woohoo! My first 5k test run is done! It wasn't as pleasant of an experience as it could have been, mainly because I didn't have a strategy going into it. I had no clue what pace I wanted to aim for, or what was realistic. Somewhere I had that 5k in 25 minutes milestone in the back of my head throughout the run, which probably caused me to run a bit too fast. But I ended up trying to stick to a 5.30 pace, but was closer to 5 during the first half of the run, and closer to 6 during the second.
It did feel pretty good for the first 2.5k, but at the turnaround the lactic acid in my legs was terrible which caused me to slow down a but for the second half. I'm glad that my breathing wasn't an issue though! It was only my legs that held me back! So I guess it's time to hit the gym to strengthen my body a bit.
Distance: 5 km
Time: 27:30 minutes
Avg. pace: 5.42 min/km
Average heart rate: 178 bpm
It felt okay. Could definitely have felt better! It was warm, my legs hurt, I was not confident in my pace. But obviously this is my first test run. This is the time I will compare my other 5k runs to. So if everything goes according to plan, this will be my worst 5k time going forth. The next test run is in 5 weeks. :)