Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Training for a 5K

My next race is a 5K coming up in 3.5 weeks. Since I know my body can do the distance, I am focusing my training runs on getting faster. Racing a 5k requires a smart combination of speed, endurance, and mental grit. It's about pushing your body, to its limits, for a short amount of

5K isn't just a race for beginners. I feel like it's something even distance runners should do, at least, once a year. By getting faster at shorter distances you are sure to improve your long run times. 

Last year, I PR'd at this race with 26:42. My new PR is 24:23 from a race right after the New York City Half Marathon (when I was in the best shape of my life) so I'm aiming for a time somewhere in between.

I've been following this training plan from Compeititor.

I'm running this race with a few girlfriends so it should be a lot of run! I love my running community!!

Do you prefer to race shorter distances or longer?
What's your next race? 


  1. Hands down, I prefer to run shorter distances. I am naturally a sprinter, so the long winded runs haven't usually been my thing. My average run on any given day is usually 5km, so if I do this one, my goal too, is to get a PR.

  2. I really want to work on 5km as well! I definitely think its one of the most challenging distances.

  3. Good for you! I would LOVE to PR at a 5km race and train for one. Maybe in the new year. I think the net few months might be a tad crazy with going back to work.

  4. I obviously am not a seasoned runner so would like to work on a 5k PR of 30 minutes or less. You will rock this one, I know it!

  5. I definitely prefer shorter distances too and (when I can breathe-haha) am more of a sprinter than a long distance runner. Maybe I can change that though after :) Can't wait to see how you do at this next race!

  6. I have a feeling you are going to kick your PR's butt :) I've been thinking about signing up for a 5k to run for fun. Obviously I won't be breaking any speed records, haha

  7. Wow, those PR's are awesome! The longest I've ever run is 10K and even that was very challenging for me mentally. But I would like to do another one in the near future. I don't think I could ever run longer than that though. For now, I'm going to work on my 5K runs :) Good luck!