The 10 minute mile run is my happy place and 5K’s always seem to embrace that. Short and sweet, enough exercise to get your heart pumping, enjoy the outdoors and get home in time for something else. But I’ve ventured outside the 5K club twice now, once last year (SmuttyNose) and this year at the Twin Lobster Half. I can no longer say I only run 5K’s, however they are still my favorite (sorry distance runners!).
I have a like/dislike relationship with the 13.1 mile race. Like because the feeling of finishing something so strenuous is overwhelming. Like because the body feels strong and healthy with such dedicated training. Love because running that many miles make me crave pizza. Like because some day I won’t be able to do this.
Dislike because the port o potty lines are always ridiculously long. Dislike because I spend less time with my family (12-14 week training with long runs on the weekend).
So I guess the likes outnumber the dislikes and that’s why I ran another half marathon in June this year. Plus I like to think that I could inspire other average runners (ok. slow) to pursue the longer races. You can do it! The 10 minute mile and over runners are my favorite group, you guys rock! Happy Running.