We have a great annual 10k here in my home town in April. I love to run this race…it’s a challenging course and brings out all the best local competition. I’m not sure if I’ll be running it or not this year because I have a 10-miler the week before. These old legs don’t recover like they used to!
If I don’t run it, though, I’m not sure when I’ll get another chance to run a 10k. Is it me, or does it seem like 10ks are few and far between these days? You can find a 5k just about every weekend, around here at least. There are plenty of 1/2 marathons, which has become a very popular distance. And there’s a fair share of 10-milers also–I can think of about 5 local ones here each year. But 10ks? Pretty hard to find.
I think that’s a shame. The 10k is a great distance to race. You get to try out your speed, but you also get a dose of endurance in there. It’s a perfect warm-up for later 10-milers too. I suspect what has happened is that with the huge influx of new runners, 5ks have become more popular and edged out the 10k. They’re more doable for the runners and require less time/commitment by the race directors. Whatever the case, I miss the 10k!
Does it seem like there are fewer 10ks where you live? Do you wish there were more?