Even though you’ve run further than it before, there’s no reason why you should forget the 5k.
1. Running faster is (more) fun
If you’re used to long-distance running, it could be a nice break to just go for it. Running flat out (or just at speed) can be the most exhilarating thing and is something that longer-distance runners never get the chance to do in the same way.
2. It’s still great for longer-distances
You don’t need to be training for a 5k for it to be beneficial. Running faster and shorter helps build up endurance speed. Even though you will never run that fast in longer distances, it might make the difference between beating your PB and not if you can go faster for longer.
3. It’ll get you out running
If you can’t be bothered or don’t have the time to go out for a long run because you’re busy or have a family, then you don’t need to do no run at all. So it can get you out and about — something is better than nothing.
4. It’s often competitive
Marathons, half marathons, and even 10ks are sometimes more about actually crossing the finish line. What’s great about them is that you’ll achieve something amazing however fast or slow you run it. But there’s also something exciting about feeling the competitive edge too. And if you’re running 5ks seriously will definitely be competitive.
5. It’s cheap
Running events can be pretty expensive. You might not be able to afford participating in longer-distance races on a routine basis. But not only are there hundreds of incredibly cheap 5ks around, but there are actually also free ones too. You can feel the atmosphere and thrill of a running race on a weekly basis without even really thinking about it.
6. They’re so easy to fit in
They’re everywhere. They’re short. You don’t have to be gone from your family for long to take part. Your training will hide itself in your life schedule so easily that you’ll barely even notice that you’re doing it (except for the great feeling at the end of it).
7. You probably won’t get an injury
If you already run quite a lot you will probably not get a running injury by training for a 5k. Running shorter distances generally is better on the body — particularly if you are having to train on hard surfaces like concrete pavements. It really will stand you in good stead if you want running to be a regular part of your life. Even if your muscles feel a little strained at the end of it, the 5k running recovery time is naturally shorter than every other.
8. You can try and try again
The problem with a Marathon is that they only come around every so often. Whereas with a 5k you can literally do them all the time. And so if something goes wrong, it isn’t the end of the world or a waste of training. You can just try again next week. There’s a lot less pressure on it, which can be really just quite exhausting when you’re meant to be doing something you love.