While I was home on leave I ran in the Love Your Body 5k and while I was not trying for a personal record pace, being only my 3rd 5k I have ever ran, I was a little disappointed with my time and said I was going to really train for a 5k time. Well I have been given both a chance and an opportunity to do that.
The chance, train for a decent 5k time (I would like to be sub 20 minutes). The opportunity, represent the fallen soldiers of our brigade and just recently 2 soldiers who were killed from my company.
The Task Force Bronco Remembrance 5k is going to be held at the end of January and I have been given the opportunity to fly there and participate in the run. The run is in honor of the fallen soldiers of our brigade that we have lost during this deployment. The proceeds and donations from the race will go to the memorial at Schofield Barracks, our home station.
This gives me about 5 weeks to train and prepare for the 5k. This is the first race I have ever trained for and I am pretty much going to wing the training as best as I can around our patrols and other daily activities.
I am still following the Maffetone Method of building an aerobic base and I am planning to incorporate a little speed work by running the hill that our combat outpost (COP) is built on once a week. If you have any training tips feel free to share them. Like I said, I have never trained for a time, I always just ran for the run.
The route is going to be flat as we will be running around the airfield where our brigade headquarters is located. I know I will see an improved time since my last 5k because the last one was very hilly. While I still do not expect to post an amazing time, just given the opportunity to run a 5k to help build a memorial to remember the soldiers we have lost here is all that I can ask for.