Fitness Friday: Race Day Distances

So the more I race and train, the more I start to have preferences in races. In fact a couple of years ago I really enjoyed the 5k and 10k distances. Now I prefer the 13.1 and 26.2 distances. In fact I have not participated in a running event shorter than 10-miles since Thanksgiving. The last time I ran a 5k was in July of 2012. I have come to the realization that the 5k really bothers me, probably because it makes me feel awful after crossing the finish line. While the half and full marathons, though I feel tired at the end I do not feel sick to my stomach.

The 5k is the distance that I dislike the most because I personally feel like it is hard to find a rhythm and very little room for error when it comes to running it as a race. The 5k for me feels like this … mile 1 get out in front, mile 2 hope you can run this mile as well as mile 1, mile 3 is hold on for dear life and the final .1 is about emptying out the tank if there is anything left. With this type of running it really isn’t enjoyable to me.

While other distances like the half and full, there is room for error, opportunities to build a rhythm and enjoy each step.

What distances do you prefer to run? Why do you like that distance over other distances?

13 thoughts on “Fitness Friday: Race Day Distances

  1. Wow I really enjoyed reading this! I noticed that I don't do 5ks anymore. As Soon as I get in shape I think the the 10 miler is my favorite.

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  2. the 10-mile distance is perfect with a balance of fast and still the ability to pace.

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  3. I love half-marathons. They are long enough that I need to do *some* preparation for them, so they provide good motivation, but they're not so long that I would worry about dying if I didn't get in enough training (ahem, marathons). 🙂

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  4. I use a lot of 5k runs for speed or for a quick run with the dog. I find once I get into it and find my rhythm, its over! I like to run 8ks + on my own or with a running group !

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  5. I haven't decided yet what I like. I've run 5 or 6 5Ks, an 8K, a 10 miler, and a Half Marathon. I've enjoyed them all, but it's been a long time since my last 5K. I have one in 2 weeks, maybe I'll find out that I don't like them anymore, now that I've done longer distances. =)

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  6. I love the half marathon distance because you have to put some effort into it, but it is over before it gets really boring. I totally agree with your assessement of 5Ks. I seem to push,push, push and am usually disappointed at the end. Lately though, since I have been focusing more on the half distance I find if I run a 5K with friends it kind of lightens things up and is fun.

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  7. I tend to run mostly 5Ks, but I agree with you that it's hard to find a rhythm. I think my current favorite is 10K. I've only run one half marathon and ended up with 2 injuries around miles 7-8. Just returned to running last month.

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  8. that is true, you can “cheat” the training of a half and not necessarily feel like death at the end 🙂

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  9. the problem with running with friends in a 5k is that we end up racing each other 🙂

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  10. 10k for me still seems too short to find warm up.

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  11. Let me know how you like the 5k in a couple of weeks. I am curious if it is the distance that changes our attitudes of it.

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  12. I honestly think the longer the run the more enjoyable.

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  13. I completely agree about the 5K – not fun! I'm a half marathon lover, looking to love the 26.2 and getting there slowly. 🙂

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