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To 10k or Not to 10K? That is the question.

Posted May 12 2011 12:00am
I have a confession to make.  My name is Christy.  I am a runner and I have never done a 10 k race. There I said it! I have done lots of 5k, 5 miles, and two half marathons, but when the choice presented itself, I have always chosen the 5k over the 10k.  Why?  Speed!  I was a sprinter in high school and liked the shorter sprints then too.

  I told myself last year that when I could get my 5k time under 7 minute miles I would go for the 10 k.  I have a deadline fast approaching for a race sign up and I have to choose 5 or 10k.  I have run two 5ks this year under my goal time. Even the 5 mile I ran last weekend was chip timed at 7 minute per mile pace, though my Garmin had my pace at 6:55 minute miles (what? I did that!?) and the course at 5.08 miles.  So I think I am ready....right? Is this the fear of the unknown rearing its ugly head? An extra 1.2 miles, not quite 5 laps around the track.  Even though I haven't trained on a track on years I still think of distance in terms of how many laps around the track, anyone else do this?

I'm signed up for a 10k in August so I know I won't be a 10k virgin for much longer.  They changed the 5k route for this race and it looks crazy with lots of turns so I think I will take the plunge and go for the big 10.  Last year I did this 5k for the first time and loved the route it was very fast and I had a personal best time.  Since they changed the route I am not as excited about it.  But then again the 5k is a Road Runners Club of America Regional Championship Race and the 10k is not.  So I wonder if that means it would be easier to win the 10k in my age group! All the fast runners will be doing the 5k!

I have until the 15th to get in my race registration to get the early discount rate.   Hmm decision, decisions, decisions.  and the answer to the question is...

to 10k!  I just decided that it would be fun to run two this year so that when I do the other one in August I will have a time to try and beat and get a new personal best.  Wow, just making that decision made me get butterflies in my tummy and my palms sweaty!  I think it will be good to get outside my comfort zone and branch out!  The thing I have to remember is: I run because I love to. 

Anyone else going to try a new race distance this year?
What race distance has seemed the most intimidating to you?
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