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Testimonial: Adam Lesser

14 December

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Testimonial: Adam Lesser

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Today was the 1st vDot test I’ve taken in a while, since the last one was done during my half marathon build up.  Looking back, it’s been about 2.5 months.  To be honest, I knew I could improve my time from my last test (19:20), but since I’ve been on the road to recovery after my post race calf issues, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to throw down a hard enough effort yet.  My fitness levels are down from where they were at the time of my race, but I’ve been back at it running consistently for the past 2 weeks or so.  Specifically, the past week has been really good on the recovery front and I am starting to gain some confidence back that I can beat this calf issue and get back to focusing on everything else.  That brings me to today’s test.

Here were the splits:
Mile 1: 6:12
Mile 2: 6:10
Mile 3: 6:05
Mile .1: :38 (5:55 pace)
Total: 19:05 (PR of 15s and a new vDot of 53)

For those of you keeping track, I have improved my 5k time by 1 minute within the past year.  To some newer runners, this isn’t a huge jump, but for someone who has been running for a while now, it is a huge drop.  I had been stuck at right around a 20:00 5k time for nearly 8 years prior to joining MN and could never break through.  Obviously, that’s been accomplished and now I’m on the verge of cracking 19:00!  Like so many other MN members, every race/test run I have run this year has resulted in a PR.  This includes 5ks, a 10k, 10 milers, and a half marathon.  IN-SANE!

Only problem is that I never got used to running my previous paces and now I have to run at these?!?!?  In reality though, it is only about 2s faster per mile than what I was running before.  All I know it that either way, it is going to hurt!

– Adam Lesser


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