- Do get faster this year.
- Don’t get slower this year.
- Do use the CRN Race Calendar. It’s a really useful calendar that will allow everyone to see when you’re going to be racing and I strongly urge you to use it. If you include “SY5K” somewhere in the title of your race entry I will even be able to create a special feed or widget for the contest. I’m not sure yet if I will do that, but I could do it and that’s comforting to know.
- Do pick a flat 5K to race for your smooth time.
- Don’t accidentally pick a 5 mile race.
- Don’t forgo entering the contest because you are training for a longer distance. I’ve seen several people mention that their goal this year is specifically to run longer distances not to get faster. I was guilty of the inverse of this at the beginning of the year but getting faster and getting longer are not mutually exclusive. Last year I trained to run a half marathon which was a longer distance than I had ever run before, the end result of my training was not only that I could run more miles than before but also that I was faster than before. Your marathon or half marathon training will also benefit your 5K time, in fact in my most recent copy of Runner’s World magazine they stated that “runners training for a longer event, like a half or full marathon, can use 5-Ks in place of speedwork... It's a good way to race into shape.”
- Don’t forget to e-mail me your results.
- Do include all pertinent information in your e-mail.
- Do feel free to talk trash to other participants.
- Do pick a 5K with a good post race spread.
- Don’t get “chicked,” unless you are a girl in which case…
- Do “chick” some poor guy when you kick to the finish.
- Don’t be faster than me. That’s just rude.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Shave Your 5K Suggestions
I’ve already written way too much about the Shave Your 5K Challenge so it’s probably the last thing you want to hear me drone on about in today’s post. But look, here I go, typing away, not caring. I’m forging ahead with some dos and don’ts for those of you participating in the SY5K Challenge.