This Saturday I have another 5K. I am starting to get the excited/ nervous feeling already. 5K’s used to be a personal race favorite of mine for many years. I loved the speed, the shorter distance. I thought people were crazy for racing anything more. Why race a 10K when you could run a 5K? Then I started running longer distances and entered into a new world of half and full marathons. This was a new kind of racing. The training was different but it was rewarding in a new way. Now I look at 5K’s as if they were the 100 yard dash.
So here I am. Back to my old faithful 5K. I can honestly say that I will probably never set a PR in this distance again and I am ok with that! That probably sounds very pessimistic but I don’t mean it to be. I am just being realistic. My fastest 5K is an 18:32. That is a 5:57 average for 3.1 miles. I ran this fast when I was 19. I have *only* run in the 18’s 4 times in my life. Most of my 5 K’s from high school though college were in the mid 19’s. My main racing strategy: sprint, hold on and collapse at the end!