I lost track on how many 5K races I've done. They really are a lot of fun, not that I don't enjoy longer races. It just feels like these races are a lot less pressure.
I know I'm ready as I train on the treadmill 4-5 days a week at speeds of 7-8 MPH. I love it when I tell others about the upcoming race. I'll get responses like "3 miles?", or "I can't even walk 3 miles". To me, it sounds like a breeze. I usually remind those who are surprised that I ran 13 miles a few months ago.
I do love running but I needed to give me knee a rest. I wasn't doing any stretches and found out my hamstrings were extremely tight. I've been stretching for the past several weeks so I think I'm good to go.
I also am focusing on muscle. I am typically at the gym 5 days a week, so I don't have time to do long runs at the moment. But I do try to do at least a half hour on the treadmill or stair stepper.
I will be doing longer races as I love the feeling of accomplishment. I felt so proud when I completed my first half marathon. For me, it's about proving how healthy vegans can be, how we can go for long runs while keeping our energy levels up. How we can recover fast because of the way we eat.
That's why I wear my vegan gear when I run. I need to promote this way of life for those who don't understand vegans or plant based people.