Great reasons to race shorter distances
When you race shorter distances (mile race, 5k’s, etc) there’s always the opportunity to go back out the next weekend and do it again. There’s something to be said about hitting the reset button and “doing it again” that is so appealing, yet so many runners are overlooking. Let’s talk about why racing 5ks (and shorter distances) can (and should be) cool again!
There are so many reasons to race shorter race distances – I’m talking about anything shorter than a 10k – like an 8k, 5k, or even a mile! Here are a few great perks about these race distances that you might not have thought about.
Shorter race distances usually equate to smaller entry fees. They are typically so much cheaper than your “big-city” race that you can race two or three times as often and still not pay as much as one big race.
Race more often:
When you are gearing up for a long race, it’s not ideal to race often (like 3-4 times a month), but with shorter race distances, you can recover and be ready to get back out there within a day or two. What this means is there are more opportunities to run fast, to collect medals, and to fine-tune your race day pace.
Why do you think races and GPS watches allow you to sync with your social media? Because everyone loves to #runbrag! If you race more often, you get to brag more often. On top of that, you can link up with local runners and all do the same races.
Practice your pace:
The only way to get good at running mile or 5k pace is by (you guessed it) running at mile or 5k pace. Jumping into races and practicing those pace are perfect to fine-tune your goal pace later in the season. Small race fees allow you to sharpen up and dial in to that pace you’re looking to hit.
There’s nothing wrong with racing shorter races – in fact, most elite runners take a break from the half marathon/marathon training cycle and do a season on the track. They do it for a reason – to get out of the marathon shuffle and to work on their speed. Racing often – in shorter race distances – allows you those same benefits!
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