As 5Ks go, I have tended to avoid them, unless they meet one of three criteria:
- They're local. No reason not to get a t-shirt if I have to travel less than 30 minutes.
- They've got a very interesting concept. (more on that below)
- They're in a city where I'd like to go and it's an excuse to go.
That said, my favorite 5K was the Lincoln Tunnel 5K in NYC. They close a portion of the Lincoln Tunnel and you run from the New Jersey side to the New York side and then back. The pure ridiculousness of it is what appealed to me. In what other time will you be able to do that? Very cool concept and raised a good bit of money for charity.
My second favorite (of two) 5Ks was the Concord 5K that I did last August. The best part about it is that it was only 15 minutes from my house. Oh, and I won a "trophy" (read: beer glass) in my age category with a time of 23:44 which I'm pretty sure is a PR.
As 10Ks go, I haven't done very many because they're just not as prevalent. I always enjoy them because it requires stamina and at the end of the day, you're running 6 miles, which is an excellent distance.
As a somewhat frequent reader of this blog may suspect, I don't really train for the 5K or 10K races. My times have been consistent, 24 min for 5K and 54 min for 10K, and I'm generally fine with that. My weekly mileage more than puts me in good enough shape to run those races without a problem. I suppose I could train for them, but, eh, I don't care all that much about how I do.
Plans for racing in 2009
At this point, I have no plans for any 5K or 10K races in 2009. They're out there and they'll probably show up as it gets into the spring. I'll likely sign up for them on a whim and will run them some Saturday morning. I tend to treat them as training runs for whatever I happen to be training for (which at this point is nothing). Either way, they just naturally flow into my running week.
This was written as part of the Runner's Lounge Take It and Run Thursday. This week's topic was "5Ks and 10Ks".