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?