30 May '14, 4pm

10 reasons why the 5K is freaking awesome: via @laurenfleshman

I find myself wishing I could give him insight into the intricacies of a short race run bravely. How nervous I was to run a 4:50 first mile with the lead pack, in my first 5-K since the 2012 Olympic Trials, knowing I hadn't trained hard enough postpartum to maintain it. I want to talk about how, with three laps left, my body felt engulfed in flames, and how alive that feels compared with the slow burn of the marathon. I want to discuss the final laps when the pack had broken me, and I had to ask myself, Is this as fast as you can possibly run right now? and when the answer was No , making myself try harder for no other reason than that trying hard matters. But I'm too tired to make an enthusiastic case, and besides, Jude has exploded a canister of puffs.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/5k-training-plans/10-reasons-...

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