Last updated on August 18th, 2015 at 10:21 am
A few days ago I reviewed my running goals for 2015 and decided that the next goal to work towards is a faster 5 km. With 4 weeks before race day, training must start this week. I actually started my Faster 5 Km training today with a 5 km road run.
My husband questioned if joining races was really important and my answer to him was “Absolutely”. Here is why I love not only to run to but why I love to race.
I love to compete
I compete even if it’s only for myself. I love knowing what my actual race time is, on a certified course. Hey, I also do compare myself to others to see how I’m doing overall.
I’m goal oriented
A race is a final goal. I will do what it takes to reach that goal, including running in extremely cold temperatures! I need a goal to work towards otherwise I might just decide to skip workouts or I might stop altogether. There always seems to be many important things to do instead. By signing up for a race, it makes running/training a priority.
It’s changing my body
All this training is slowly transforming my body and I love it. I’m shredding fat, gaining muscles and getting nice definition. I’m would say that I’m in as good shape as I was back in my university days (that’s nearly 15 years ago). I’ve never really struggled with my weight until post pregnancy. So, now that I’m back to my regular size and I really want to maintain it.
It boosts my confidence
Ok, so I’ll admit it, racing feeds my ego a bit. I like being able to say I can do that! I can do 5 km, I can now say I can do 10 km! Can I do a 1/2 Marathon? I guess time will tell! But I’m confident that with proper training I will be able to accomplish it one day.
Here is the training plan for this week:
Tuesday – 30 min easy run
Thursday– 30 min interval training
Saturday or Sunday 50 min progressive run
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|Official race photo of my first 10 km race on February 16, 2015|