For me the 5k and 10k races serve three purposes:
- To stay true to myself on why I love to run, it's important that my suite of yearly races includes some fun runs. The fun ones tend to be the 5k and 10k distances.
- The 5k and 10k runs are stepping stones along my journey to a half or full marathon. After a few weeks where my long runs are really long, a weekend 10k is much appreciated and my result will always be a faster time which tells me my training is working.
- On the weekend before the big race, I like to find a 5k or 10k race and use that as my short, easy taper run. I savour the excitement that fills the air at these runs, knowing that in a week's time, for the big one, excitement will be tenfold!
How appropriate on this Take It and Run Thursday to blog about 5k and 10k's when I just got home from an almost 5k:
Distance: 4.74 km
Pace: 6:31 min/km