I told myself last year that when I could get my 5k time under 7 minute miles I would go for the 10 k. I have a deadline fast approaching for a race sign up and I have to choose 5 or 10k. I have run two 5ks this year under my goal time. Even the 5 mile I ran last weekend was chip timed at 7 minute per mile pace, though my Garmin had my pace at 6:55 minute miles (what? I did that!?) and the course at 5.08 miles. So I think I am ready....right? Is this the fear of the unknown rearing its ugly head? An extra 1.2 miles, not quite 5 laps around the track. Even though I haven't trained on a track on years I still think of distance in terms of how many laps around the track, anyone else do this?
I'm signed up for a 10k in August so I know I won't be a 10k virgin for much longer. They changed the 5k route for this race and it looks crazy with lots of turns so I think I will take the plunge and go for the big 10. Last year I did this 5k for the first time and loved the route it was very fast and I had a personal best time. Since they changed the route I am not as excited about it. But then again the 5k is a Road Runners Club of America Regional Championship Race and the 10k is not. So I wonder if that means it would be easier to win the 10k in my age group! All the fast runners will be doing the 5k!
I have until the 15th to get in my race registration to get the early discount rate. Hmm decision, decisions, decisions. and the answer to the question is...
Anyone else going to try a new race distance this year?
What race distance has seemed the most intimidating to you?