It’s Not (Always) About The Marathon!

     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.
5K Top Finishers

About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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