This Labor Day weekend, I participated in a 5K race that I did not feel prepared for. A lot of changes have been happening at once for me. I’ve found it difficult to train for the race on top of teaching, training clients, beginning a new semester, and assuming new job responsibilities. I didn’t let my lack of prep deter me from competing, though. My goal, that was set from last year’s race, was to take a minute off my mile pace, or about 3 minutes off of my total time. I started my training for last year’s race a month out and showed a great amount of improvement came race day. This year, with my lack of training for the past month, I was able to run this year’s 5K in almost the same time as last year’s 5K. I may not be proud of missing my goal this year, but I am proud of the physical condition that I was able to keep myself in from teaching aerobic classes, year-round. While competition and goal-setting is beneficial for growth, there’s nothing wrong with congratulating yourself for maintaining your health and fitness either.
How do you prepare for a 5K? (Comment below).