Sarah at Running (to keep up) with a Toddler asked me “What is your favorite distance to run?”
My favorite distance? 10K
I know I’m unusual in that. Most people don’t like it because it’s too long to go flat out like a 5k, but too short to consider a true endurance race and take it at an easier pace. But, I love that distance most of the time.
- It’s a distance that I can nearly always manage. Even two weeks after having to take some time off for an injury, I was able to finish one.
- Most of the time, it’s a distance I can run strongly for the first five miles and then crush the last mile. It takes me a couple of miles to truly warm up these days, so I can go out easy and just keep getting faster. 10K is the distance I most frequently negative split.
- It’s only an hour out of my morning. Heck, if it’s an early race, I can sometimes get back before the kids even wake up.
- Even when it sucks (did I mention the race I ran last weekend? Yeah), the suffering is manageable. I could walk/run the last two miles (oh, wait, I did) and still finished in a reasonable time.
Honestly, under normal, non-injured circumstances, I’d be happy to run a 10K every weekend of the year.
Now if I could just pick a course without a hill that will kill me…