Yesterday I ran a great little 5K here in Washington DC, on a very hilly course in Rock Creek Park, and I surprised myself by coming in 2d place! That’s me in the middle in the photo below, wearing the green and white shirt. It wasn’t a huge race — more of a very nice club race than one of the big mega-races (which fully explains why I was able to podium with a very modest finishing time).
Some people may be surprised to hear that I ran a 5K, thinking that I would not be challenged by that distance. Not so at all. In fact, I believe the 5K is one of the hardest distances in running – it’s too long for sprint, too short to really ease into and find your pace. Minute for minute, it can be more painful to run than a marathon.
But more importantly, a 5K can fit neatly into a marathon training plan. I’ll be discussing this in a future blog. And meanwhile, if you want to run a fun 5K in Washington DC, check in with Capital Sprints, the organizers of the race I participated in yesterday. http://capitalsprints.com/