A plan for the 3,000m Winter Track Race

AFTER getting a PB at last week’s parkrun I was hoping I might be able to get a 3,000m PB at the Barnsley AC Winter Track Race.

It was the second race in the series and conditions were much better than the very blustery weather we had for the 5,000m two weeks ago.

There was no traffic jam this time, but I still managed to get to the track with only half an hour to spare. Then there was the faffing. With two numbers to attach to my vest, things were rather fiddly and then I got chatting, which meant I only had about ten minutes to warm up.

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I was half way through the very brief warm up when Kerry, a friend and AC coach, jogged across to join me. ‘Do you have a plan?’ she asked.

‘A plan?’ I shook my head. ‘No. Do I need a plan?’

‘You need a plan.’

Kerry asked for my current PB and trotted off to consult her book of plans. She came back. ‘Your plan is to run 1.34 a lap.’

That sounded easy enough! And I felt much better for having a plan. Chris offered to time each lap and shout out my time. With a plan and all this support I thought a PB just might be on the cards.

The only problem was that I never managed a 1:34 lap. Here are my lap times (please note the impressive table):

Split

Total

200m

00:46.0

00:46.0

600m

01:36.8

02:22.8

1000m

01:35.2

03:58.0

1400m

01:35.2

05:33.2

1800m

01:36.4

07:09.6

2200m

01:37.2

08:46.8

2600m

01:37.3

10:24.1

3000m

01:30.3

11:54.4

I clocked 11:55, six seconds slower than my 11:49 PB.

Laps five, six and seven were my downfall. If only I’d pushed a bit more, I would have been celebrating a shiny new PB. But that is a lot easier said than done. I was working as hard as I could. I ran most of the race on my own. I couldn’t quite catch my friend Lee. When I thought about it, I wondered if perhaps a lack of confidence also held me back.

Instead of pulling my performance apart, I decided to focus on the positives. I finished third fastest woman, not too far off my PB and just look at me go on the last lap!

The best thing was that I absolutely loved it. With each race, a little bit more confidence is coming back. I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks of racing, hopefully getting a few PBs too.

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2 thoughts on “A plan for the 3,000m Winter Track Race

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