I’m NOT a Short Distance Runner!!

Last night I did the Men’s Health 10km.  I did this race last year and had the most shocking ,so this year I was hoping to improve on my time and try enjoy myself – the conclusion I came to after the race…  I am NOT a short distance runner!!

It seems that on anything shorter than a half marathon, my brain and my body engage in full-on warfare while I standby and make sure neither wins.  I’ve never particularly enjoyed the shorter distances (in races, not while training), and I have just put it to other exterior factors like the heat, the fact that I might be getting a cold, sore muscles – anything really, so while I was struggling towards the finish line (along a really beautiful route I might add) it dawned on me that perhaps I should just stick to what I’m good at – the marathons!

To be fair I did do a personal best coming in at 50minutes and 6 seconds but to say I enjoyed the race would be a blatant lie, a more accurate description would be that it felt like the last 2km’s I was dragging my full body weight with my fingertips towards the end along the gravelly raod– of course this wasn’t what was really happening it just felt like it…

Anybody else out there feel the same??


  1. Candice says:

    Thanks my friend, hope to see you soon!

  2. Werner says:

    Well, I might actually be the polar opposite. I think my Ideal distance is 15km. I love the 21s, but always feel the last 3 KMs are a bit of a struggle… (when I want to finish under 95 mins) and boy, running a brisk pace on a 10K is probably a lot nicer for me than slogging it out on a 20k + race at half the pace!

    I have a lot of respect for the Ultra Athletes… My mind kicks my A$$ when I consider doing those…

    Good luck for Comrades this year!

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  4. Joe says:

    I’ve noticed doing 5Ks that my body is happier doing long distances. Those sprint like races really are not as fun as a good half marathon. But you had a great time!


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