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I Ran 3 Miles; Am I Ready For A 5K?

Despite running the distance of a 5K, I'm not ready for a race just yet. But I'm getting there. Winter training here I come! Image courtesy of and Sura Nualpradid.

Despite running 3 miles, I’m not ready for a race just yet. But I’m getting there. Winter training here I come! Image courtesy of and Sura Nualpradid.

I experience a major victory the other day. I ran for 3 miles. Yep, I ran a 5K, sans the race atmosphere. So I’m ready for an actual race right? Maybe. I had a big advantage on New Year’s Day that led to my longest run to date.

Yesterday, for my birthday, I went for a 3-mile run 3…and failed miserably.

I ended up going 1.75 miles. Initially I told myself it was the wind and cold that stopped me. Then I thought my legs were just tired. After all I had an intense lower body workout with my trainer that morning.

Sigh…I have to call BS on myself.

I think the real reason was the terrain. I chose a different path yesterday — one that was mostly flat. On New Year’s Day, my path was mostly down hill. D’oh!

When I realized that, I felt like I cheated a little. Let’s face it, no 5K race is all down hill.

Winter Training Here I Come
Nonetheless I still ran a 5K. It wasn’t all down hill. Chunks were on flat ground. I’m still counting it as a victory. Now I know I have it in me to run long distance. So the training continues — in snow and cold. Perfect for going slow and focusing on improving my form before the Brambleton Ribbon Run.






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4 thoughts on “I Ran 3 Miles; Am I Ready For A 5K?

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  2. I know, i do it too but that type of thinking gets me in to trouble! We are good enough eh?

  3. Well done I say! Two runs are never the same even on the same route. I have been running/walking between lamp posts when out with my dog in an attempt to begin running again. It’s about seven years since I was running regularly so there’s hard work ahead but it will be worth it. Good luck with your (trainered) journey!

    • Thanks for the encouragement. For some reason I keep thinking I need to run the full length and get discouraged when I need to walk because I’m tuckered out by running. I always want to do something perfectly and get frustrated when reality sets in. Time to recalibrate my expectations and just have fun running.

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