Happy Friday everyone! Today I’ll be linking up with Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?! Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC and Mar from Mar on the Run for Friday Five to talk about 5 reasons to run a 5k
1. It’s less time consuming.
You know how when I was training for my half marathon, I had to do long runs every Sunday? Well after a 2 hour slow long run and then stretching and ice bath/hot bath-ing, more than half of my day would be gone! When training for a 5k whether it be your first or not, you don’t have to spend most of your Sunday running then being tired.
Training for a 5k is a great way to boost your fitness/speed. Focusing on speedwork 100×5 200×5 400×5 on the track does wonders! I’m not saying that you can’t do these for half-marathons and marathons but interval training will do wonders for your 5k time AND weight as it requires strength, speed, power, and endurance.
3. It’s Cheaper
Usually. Usually you can find a local 5k for maybe $20 whereas longer races usually cost a lot more. This way, if something happens and you’re not able to make it to the race, you’re not slapped with “I paid $100 for this!”
4. It’s Cheaper again!
Do you need to stock up on gels, shotblocks, fancy fuel belts, and hydration packs? Nope! You rarely need any of this stuff so you’re saving yourself hundreds of bucks here! $3 per shotblock a week x 20 weeks to train for a half marathon = $60 + my fuel belt that I hate! = $110 + whatever else other people usually buy = $$$$! (I try to go the minimal route but I know people who needs at least 5 gels for the half = $2.40 x 5 = $12/long run!)
5. It’s harder
Racing a 5k, you have to leave it all on the course. There’s nowhere to hide behind. It’s a short race so you can’t spend 1-2k slowly warming up to your race pace. You gotta get out there and just go for it. The room for error is less than a longer race since it’s harder to make up the time later compared to a half marathon where you can go for negative splits.
So tell me, what’s your reason to run a 5k? Or a 10k, half-marathon, or a marathon? :)