5K Update (or Why It’s Not A Goal For This Year)

I had a friend ask me recently when my next 5K would be. They had read about all the 5Ks I had done last year and wondered if I was going to set a new 5K goal for 2014.

Before this year started, I had signed up for 2 5Ks. I signed up for the Hollywood Half 5K again because I had a great time at that race last year. I also had signed up for the Bad Prom 5K because it was cheap when you did it super early.

Yesterday, I got an email that the Bad Prom 5K was cancelled, so I’ll be getting a refund for that race. So as of right now, I’m only doing 1 5K. I’m thinking about doing the Hard Rock 5K again (if they have it again), the Universal Studios one for the 4th time, and the Culver City one since it’s in my neighborhood. And I’m thinking about also maybe doing the Christmas one again (but I really hope that it wouldn’t rain again).

If I end up doing all of those, I’ll do 5 this year. I think that’s pretty awesome, but I’m not going to hold myself to that. If I can’t do one, I’m not going to beat myself up over it.

While I do enjoy doing the 5Ks, I’ve realized that they are not my favorite thing. I will always do some of them, but I don’t feel the need to push myself to do more. If there’s a race that I feel passionate about the cause or it sounds super fun, I’ll do it. But I don’t want to force myself to do them anymore.

When I had set my goal for 2013, walking and doing those 5Ks were a majority of the exercise I got. But since I’ve discovered SoulCycle I’ve found that I love doing that workout. So 5Ks have faded a bit into the background for me.

Also, those races are expensive. Each one is about $30-40. I do dream of doing the Disneyland 5K one day, and that one is even more expensive. So I’m choosing to be more selective in order to do that.

As of right now, my first race is about a month away. I haven’t trained for it as much as I did last year, so I’m a little nervous about it. I’m going to get a ton of walking in soon when I go to New York with my sister-in-law. Hopefully that will help. And I’m going to start training for it in my neighborhood as well (somehow, this next race has kind of snuck up on me).

And of course, as soon as I do my races, I’ll post my photos and stories on here! But don’t be surprised if I don’t have as many stories to share this year as I did last year.

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