To 5K ...

or to not 5K. That is the question.
Some friends of mine did a 4th of July 5K that I opted out of because I am weak not a huge fan of short distances (and yes weak). It takes me a 5K just to get going usually. I am not speedy (hence the blog title) and definitely not 5K speedy.

But for some reason doing a 5K has been rolling around in my head since it was brought up. I haven't done one in years. A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (okay it was 2009 and in Tucson) I did a race for the cure 5K in 30:43. Could I go faster now? In my high school days (now that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far way in a dimension were I weighed much less) I could rock out a 5K in 21 to 22 minutes. I know that that is not going to happen but could I get under 30 minutes? I would like to think yes.

This 5K is coming up towards the end of July. It is dirt roads and trails through a Pecan farm. Sounds fun, maybe not the best for a fast attempt but would be shady at least. You are probably thinking just register and shut up about it already. But I told myself no racing this summer. D has even had to remind me that my goal was to train hard and increase distance and speed but no races every time I show him another website of a half that is in July or August I want to do (these are outside the great state of AZ and its triple digit temps of course). It is on a Saturday and I normally run 3 miles on Saturdays so seems like a good fit. But I won't be training specifically for this and most likely will be pumping out 6 miles the day before so is that setting myself up for failure? To register or not? These are the kind of hard life decisions being made around here. Well I have until the 14th to register to ensure I get a sweet shirt for my troubles. Time to mule it over I guess.

What do you think? 5K it or not?

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  1. i'm with you- highschool 5ks were handsdown always 21 min or less, now.. not so much. It is disheartening, but at the same time, its nice to run a different distance outside the traditional half marathon every so often. I think you will break 30 min!

  2. Thanks for the shout out! And I would do it. It sounds like a beautiful course, and It's just one, right. That's what I always tell myself, but my husband disagrees.

  3. I dislike 5ks too - like you, it takes me that long to warm up! But it could be fun to run on different terrain!

  4. How much is the 5k? I don't normally sign up for 5k's any more but I don't rule them all out. I'm open to the right 5k (can you say Disneyland?)!

  5. I highly dislike 5Ks. I feel like my slowness stands out more in a shorter race. I totally agree that a 5K is a warmup. But, I think you can break 30 minutes! You are getting super speedy!


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