There are a lot of well intentioned non-runners out there. I love them and want to motivate them to join me. :) There are funny things that they say, that they don’t really think about. For example, if you’re an ultra runner or a marathoner and you tell them that you’re going to race in a 5K, 10K, etc., etc., or a Half Marathon. Inevitably, they’ll say, oh that should be easy for you.
I’ve completed 7 marathons and 16 half marathons over the last 3 years. I’ve also run every race distance in between a 5K and a full marathon. I’ve found that the first time you race a distance, it’s for completion. The subsequent races are to better your time. The second holds true unless the race conditions are unfavorable or you aren’t up to better your previous time.
Yes, a 5K is suppose to be “easier” than a half marathon or marathon because it’s shorter. However, it’s not always easier, it’s just a different type of effort to maintain a faster speed over a shorter period of time. It really does remind me of that famous Star Trek line that Scotty said… Captain, I’m giving it all she’s got! During a 5k, I’m giving it all I’ve got for those “short” 3.1 miles.