That’s right, you heard it here first.
5Ks are rad.
Compared to a marathon, it’s like ripping off a bandaid.
The only thing I will give the marathon over the 5K is increased appetite. Every time you eat when you are training for a marathon is fantastic, seeing as you’re always ravenous come meal time. And post long-run breakfast is the best. It’s all I think about during the long runs.
However, racing a marathon is not fun, in my opinion. It’s so long and so tough and all I think about is “I’VE BEEN RUNNING FOR 3 HOURS…WHY AM I STILL RUNNING?!”
So, I’ve taken it upon myself to start a 5K counter culture within the weekend warrior set of runners. Any ideas for group name?
Why am I so hyped on 5Ks? Well, it just so happens I ran one this weekend. I ran 22:53, which was a PR by a little over a minute. The kicker here is that I WON MY AGE DIVISON and was 9th female.
I NEVER WIN ANYTHING IN RUNNING. [nor do I expect to]
I am so glad all of the fast people stayed home (or ran the marathon/half) as this had made my day and possibly my month. Ok, maybe year, too. I want to make myself a trophy that says I won something in running because this may never happen again. Maybe I will mold a #1 out of Smooth Caffeinator Picky Bars and then frost it and then eat it.
I had a little extra motivation, too. Lauren (Fleshman) rode around the course on her Elliptigo. You better do well when the 2x US 5K Champ is watching. She wore my watch, actually, and told me my splits at each mile mark + took on the role of head cheerleader. Thanks, Lauren! It was much appreciated.
I had a great time in Eugene – stickering Picky Bars, expo-ing with Picky Bars and Believe I Am, racing, cheering on the Oiselle gals + more in the half/marathon, Ellliptigo-ing, experiencing “nature” (“oh, look! nature!” – says the New Yorker), slowly integrating myself into Picky Bars until they give me a job (ha! just kidding), bugging [Loren] Polster to revamp my blog (his work is amazing), discussing most everything with Lauren (“Lauren, do you think it’s stupid that I care about running?” “Lauren, just tell me I’m cool because you’re cool.” etc etc etc), and figuring out a way to get @jessemthomas to one day tweet back to me.
Here are some pictures, if you care. If not, just scroll down quickly.
TELL ME: BEST PART OF YOUR WEEKEND? TRIED THE OISELLE ROGAS? IF NOT, YOU SHOULD.
Until next time…