Thursday, January 15, 2009

TIART: 5Ks and 10Ks

I really like Thursdays because:
1. Runners' Lounge has TIART
2. Its almost the weekend and most of my hw is due Thursday!

This weeks theme from RL is 5Ks and 10Ks and how they factor into training plans, etc, etc!

Well let me just say that I love 5Ks. Ok let's back up here ONE second. I would say I am an optimistic person so basically I love all races when I am not actually running them! Lets take the 4x400m relay that I run every week at my track meets! I love that race but NOT when I am on my second lap (on a 200m track) and my legs and arms are SCREAMING at me and I am so out of breath and oxygen deprived I can't even think straight to do simple addition in my head! (and at the end of the race I can't really even remember the race cause I was so out of it!)

Now I bet a lot of people feel this way (as mentioned above) but I think that is what running is all about. Its about the pain but also the love. The good times and the bad and hopefully you have more good times than bad (which seems to be the case from reading all the great blogs out there!)

But when it comes down to the big race (aka that marathon all you cool kids are into now) its about all THE LITTLE THINGS that you did along the way! Even when you didn't want to run that stupid 5K race (or 10K), you did it anyway and thats what makes the difference.

Keep up all the great work! You all motivate me to maybe run a marathon (well at least run another half marathon!)

18 comments:

Lacey Nicole said...

i love the little things! and i soooo agree. each and every day matters!

tfh said...

Yes, you described the feelings perfectly-- loving and looking forward to racing, HATING being mid-race, then of course feeling so happy when it's over. You motivate ME to keep pushing w/ my speedwork.

Brian said...

couldnt of said it better myself! I think a 5k/10k will prove to someone there is more to running. I did my first race (10k) and that led to a half marathon, little things :)

Nikemom said...

sounds like a love song. :D

The Happy Runner said...

So right on!
I love 5ks. Before and after :-)

Marlene said...

I think I have hated running for at least one moment during every race... but that just makes it all the more rewarding at the finish. ;)

Keep up the awesome work!

Marcy said...

Totally agreed. I hate all races I'm in until after they are over and then I love them :P

Lacey Nicole said...

oooh you are the best!!! check my blog, i gave you a "gift"!!! hehe.

Nicole said...

I agree. Preparing for a race makes me super nervous. Always has. As soon as i finish, I'm ready for another :)

aron said...

i definitely agree... great way to look at it too - the little things :)

Meg said...

Good point! I guess if we didn't hate it while we were in it, we wouldn't be trying very hard and when it is over we would wish we tried harder!

Shilingi-Moja said...

Way too funny -- I love all races when I'm not 'actually' running them! That's how I feel about marathons and ultramarathons. They're great -- and I've never run either!

Melanie said...

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Blyfinn said...

you described that so perfectly.

N.D. said...

The protein bars from alton brown were awesome! thanks for sharing!!!

X-Country2 said...

I like the crowds after 5 and 10Ks. It's a less serious crew than marathoners.

N.D. said...

No, don't worry, pretty sure I made a mistake. I think it was xcountry2.
I'm losing it.. not you!

Joe said...

Great post. It is the little things you do in training. Oh, (in my best dad-like voice) Diiiid you finish ALL your homework young lady?

Joe
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