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Subject: RE: I'm running 1:00 slower than I should be for 5k, please help....
Well, strangely enough I once had an athlete who was doing everything "right" (eating, sleep, workouts) and yet was not running 5,000 within a minute of what she should have been. Turned out she had a small, congenital hole in her heart (between chambers) that, in essence, meant she was always racing "at altitude." She was good with any kind of interrupted work (intervals, fartlek, repetition work), because she was fit enough to recover quickly; but she just couldn't sustain a decent pace past a few minutes.
This never showed up in the (rather cursory) sports physicals that she'd had through high school and college. So if you're getting your iron checked (smart idea), ask for a *careful* heart check as well. Probably nothing there, but doesn't hurt to check.
Have you been doing a decent amount of training work at 5,000m race pace, just to have that skill? If so, yeah, your most likely explanation is insufficient recoveries.
(If NOT, you may just feel awkward, and run inefficiently, at 72/400 pace.)
You're not a vegetarian, right?
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