31 Dec '14, 6am

How a 5K can help you determine your pace for a longer race.

coming up—a half-marathon, or maybe even a full. Even if your only goal is to finish, you may still want to know how long you'll be out there. If you've run a 5K this year, you can plug your time into an online "race time predictor" (like the one at runnersworld.com/predictor ). These tools convert your 5K pace to the (slower) pace you should be able to keep for longer distances. Doing a 5K close to race day will give you the best picture of your current fitness. WHEN TO DO A 5K Schedule a 5K the weekend before your last long run—three or four weeks from race day—in place of a long, slow effort. Look for a flat course and a field of no more than a few hundred runners. You'll run your best at temperatures lower than 65 degrees Fahrenheit, so find an event with a morning start. RUN A TEST You should use this event to test out your prerace meal and the clothes and shoes you'r...

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