Thursday, April 26, 2012

THAT Distance/Race Should Be EASY For You

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.

scottyYes, 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.

The distance might be easy, but the pace and effort is cranked up a notch or two or three.  For a great example of this, check out Michelle’s latest blog post.

1 comment:

Hamlin Jones said...

Relativity...distance is relative.