Happy Wednesday! I honestly cannot believe that we are less than 2 weeks away form Christmas – how did that happen?! Luckily I have finsihed all of my Christmas shopping so I will not have to go out into all of the craziness next week!
Let’s be clear – I’m not an expert racer! I run because it’s fun but also a challenge for me, and I am always up for a good challenge. I’m sure there are MANY things that I could do better during races and I’m still learning all the time. That being said, earlier this year when I was in the middle of my crazy race schedule, I started thinking about my favorite race distance. I spent a good amount of time thinking about this because there are so many options. Besides the obvious 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon distances, there are also 1 Mile, 4 Mile, 5 Mile, 7 Mile, 15K, 20K, 50K, etc.
After much thought I finally decided that the 10K is my distance sweet spot, which is funny considering I have completed more 5K and half marathon races than 10K races!
I really like the 10K distance for a few reasons:
- Time on my feet – As I start training for the NYC Marathon next Fall, I know that banking “time on my feet” will be very important. The 10K distance usually takes me around an hour, or a little over an hour, so that’s good training time on my feet.
- Challenging distance – I believe that all race distances are a challenge, but to me the 10K is a happy medium. Harder than a 5K but not as long as a half marathon. Also I feel like I can push myself more during a 10K vs. a half marathon.
- Opportunity for a PR – For over a year I’ve been chasing a sub 60-minute 10K. I know I can do it because I’ve accomplished that time during a few training runs, but never in a race. It didn’t happen this year but maybe it will happen in 2016!
Of course this doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop running other distances, but I think I’ll try to add more 10K races to my schedule next year so that I can really get used to doing them more often.
I’m curious – What is your distance sweet spot?