There are two things I HATE in running: hills & speed.
I am the epitome of a long, slow distance runner. I would rather run 10 miles than sprint for 10 seconds, not even joking. Wish I was.
However, to try and improve my marathon training I have been adding in two days a week of speed work (treadmill intervals) followed by strength training. While I still hate every moment and cannot wait for it to end, I am loving the results I am seeing. Turns out when you push yourself to run faster, you slowly begin improving and getting faster. Who would have guessed!?!
So as part of my Spice It Up Challenge (one week left to get your comment in and win) I decided to really #spiceitup. Yes, I just registered for marathon number 2 this week, but I love distance and while that pushes me past my favorite half marathon mileage it is something I enjoy doing. Heck, I registered for marathon 2 on Wednesday after I registered for marathon 3 on Tuesday, not pushing myself too far out of my comfort zone obviously. So I thought about it – What is my least favorite distance?…. And this happened:
Not just one 5K, I registered for an entire 5K series! Whoops!
You think how can I choose to run marathons and hate 5Ks the most?
I never run 5K races because I refuse to pay for them (my 5K PR is currently 45something because the only one I registered for I had to walk). I figure why pay money when I normally run 5-8 miles around my house (even when not marathon training) and don’t have to pay for it. To me it is like paying more to run less and to have to run faster, uggghhhhh… However, I know that I push myself harder when I am racing and thought that a five race series would be a good challenge and a great way to change up my normal routine.
While they have quite a speedy field because of the age group awards I have my own goals and will not be joining this lead (crazy fast) group. My goals:
– set a real 5K PR
– try to improve a bit every time
– stay motivated to continue my speed work post marathon training
– find a way to switch it up a bit during the burning Southern summer (races are May-July)
– enjoy free food afterward and gorgeous scenery. My full marathon is on a Saturday in Nashville and the first 5K is that following Thursday. Didn’t leave myself much time between did I?
Have you ever run a race series before?
How does the distance runner in me push myself so I don’t finish feeling like I could run another 3 miles, but don’t die halfway through? Tips Please!