My big end-of-summer 5K is this Saturday, and I’m gunning to set a Personal Record (my PR Is 23:46). I really wanted to have fresh legs for the race, so I was planning to have my last run be on Wednesday.
But yesterday I received my new sneakers in the mail and was surprised to see they were the updated version of my usual Brooks Summon, Summon 2. Whoops – Guess I ordered the wrong pair! I’ve been such a space cadet lately – I also ordered the wrong knee sleeves!
I was left with quite the conundrum. Do I run the 5K in a new style of sneakers? Do I test them out beforehand and risk sore legs? Do I suck up the blisters and run in my old shoes?!
I decided the best option would be to go a on short and slow 2.0 miler this morning. My old shoes are totally shot so running in the Summon pair wasn’t really an option. But… I am happy to report that I really like the updated Summon 2! The toe box seems a little wider, which is nice because my feet tend to swell as I run. Here’s to hoping they stand up to longer distances, too!
Pre-run snack was 1/2 a banana and PB:
And after, I had an oatmeal mess:
In the mix:
- 1/2 cup raw oatmeal
- Honey Greek yogurt
- A peach
- Chia seeds
While running, I was thinking a lot about the upcoming race. I really believe in the power of visualization. The course is one I run on regularly, so I could definitely imagine myself tearing down the corner and crossing the finish line in time for a new PR.
I’m excited for this race, but my least favorite distance is a 5K!
So far, I’ve run 28 races, including running races of all distances (except an ultramarathon – ahh!). I’m not a huge fan of 5Ks because I feel so much pressure to go fast and the entire 3.1 miles is one, long painful sprint.
My first race was actually a 10K! I remember thinking that I was going to “go big or go home.” :) I like 10Ks because there is less pressure for me to sprint, sprint, sprint, but I still feel like I end up maintaining a very uncomfortable pace for 6.2 miles.
My FAVORITE distance is 15K. I think it’s long enough so I can go slower (I love moderately paced runs), but the 9.3 distance is obviously very challenging. I feel like I’m getting my “money’s worth” when I enter a 15K. I really love 15Ks and wish they were more popular!
Half marathons are fun, too – but it’s starting to get a little TOO long for me to LOVE it. :) Halves are really hard! And of course, I’ve done one marathon and it wasn’t the BEST experience. Hopefully, marathon #2 will be more enjoyable.
If you’ve run a variety of distances, what is your favorite distance to run? What was the first race distance you completed?