It’s always great to find someone who agrees with you! Nicely written article. Recommended reading.
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Yes. I would definately enter
I represented GB in Age Group Duathlon and genuinely was worried that I may well have come last.
As it turned out I wasn’t.
There’s always someone somewhere that will be slower than you. You just have to hope they are in the same race!!
But really who cares? Think about it more widely that just from a personal introspection.
So, by the same token, why enter a race if you can easily win it? There is ALWAYS someone somewhere faster in a different race.
Enter a race for geriatric, obese people. You’ll win that. But what’s the point?
What’s really important is you and your personal goals and development.
If you enter a race and come last then at least you beat the people who were afraid to enter.
Musing a little…
I sometimes do volunteer work for the 5k people at parkrun.com. I run in them as well. But when volunteering you have a chance to step back and watch the runners. What strikes me is that some people doing the 5k in 35 minutes are trying harder than those doing it in 22 minutes. They are pushing their personal limits more. Maybe they’ve just started running, obviously they won’t be brilliant. Again who’s the best? I’d rather have someone who tries harder working for me than a brilliant slacker.
Also look at Age Group grading of your results. You will find that even if you are last you were not technically last. Why? Well, the 18 year old who beat you by 30 seconds was technically slower compared to what he should have done. The age graded results will PROVE THAT beyond doubt. So that way you can have a race and there is always a way for looking at it where no-one came last by one measure or another!
It’s kind of like with kids. We never have losers anymore. Well in the grown up running world we really don’t because really we are not all racing for glory; like in our wider lives we are running for LOTS of reasons, health, fitness, improvement. We’re not all RACING we’re just running. It’s just putting one foot in front of the other after all; just like football is kicking a round (spherical) bit of plastic/leather into a goal.
Anyway get out there and run. Get that time on the board. After a bit of training you will get a PB and another and another and another and another. And then you can bask in your own glory and laugh at the likes of me who put in so much effort agonising for a second or two of improvement once every few months or so. Sounds like I’m the mad one rather than you!!
As someone famous once said “Just do it”
Slightly off topic this one. Maybe you could help.
I have trained faster and harder for a duathlon (10k run 20k cycle 5k run) than I needed to. I am properly hydrated and maxed up with Lucozade sport.
Yet after a fast but not excessive 10k I was cramping up like crazy in my calves when starting cycling.
1. Does ODing on Lucozade sport/carbs potentially cause this.
2. Surely it can’t be caused by salt after only a 10k? Especially after the lucozade sports?
3. I’ve heard that quinine sorts this out (G+T anyone?) ie tonic water taken beforehand for a week.
4. I might not stretch as much as I should.
5. OK I might be getting on a bit!
Even in the hottest conditions you will never need hydration during a 5k run. So do not slow yourself down by carrying liquids.
Even for 10k I would say you do not need any hydration unless you are going to be running on a VERY hot day for more than one hour.
This advice covers both racing and training over 5k.
Please make sure you are normally hydrated throughout your week. It is VERY good for you to be properly hydrated all the time.
You might want a half litre of fluid after running 5k to replace lost fluids. Lucozade, Gatorade and other sports drinks sell specific products that replace water and salts lost through sweating when running.
I would also suggest that you should not drink abnormally before a 5k run either. If you are normally hydrated throughout the week preceeding a 5k run then it is not necessary and you will feel bloated on the day.
If I am going to run/cycle for more than one hour then I would drink a bit extra before setting off or consume liquid whilst exercising.
For an early morning 5k run I find I do not have time to have breakfast and let it settle for an hour or so before running. So in that instance I WOULD have say a lucozade sport as a sort of breakfast-carbohydrate-hydration cum put something other than breakfast in my stomach drink. I reason that liquid would digest and be less bloating than more bulky food.
Close attention to detail for hydration and diet are important issues for elite runners. We are not elite runners though so we only need to be sensible and our amazing bodies will adjust like they have been doing for millions of years!
Drink before 5k – No unless early in morning as breakfast substitute
Drink during 5k – Never
Drink after 5k – Always
Please, please, please note that hydration is very important. BUT you do not need to do it during a 5k run.