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RE: Is bringing down a 22:30 minute 5k down to 19:5X in 5 months possible?
The other thing I'd say if you do 5Ks regularly where you can judge where you are accurately, try to get your finishing place in the first few minutes and then just stick to it. E.g. if you're doing park run, often you know roughly where 25 min is, 22 min, 20 min etc by other people who often very consistently run those kind of times. Strategy plays a big part in 5Ks so if you go off way too fast, you will not run near your optimum time, same with if you start way too slow and save it for a sprint finish. I feel you conserve the most energy by not having to overtake people or being overtaken by people, rather get into the place you want to finish straight away, and simply maintain it. This only works in large fields where people run consistently such as park runs where they're run every single week with the same crowd though. Otherwise practice your pacing and try to run as evenly as possible, maybe a slight negative split.

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