My Dad ran his first marathon when I was a small child. His training took him away from home so much, that my Mum threatened to leave him if he ever ran another. He went on to run another five marathons. One or other of them never took the hint, and they are still married. During his last marathon, my Dad injured his hip, around 18 miles in. Given that he was 'nearly there', he carried on, in agony for the final eight miles. That's right, he ran EIGHT MILES in agony. Fortunately, he recovered fully and didn't suffer a recurring injury as a result. As a child, I didn't see the grief; I saw the heroism of his running and thought that running a marathon was the ultimate proof of being superfit and determined. From a personal challenge point of view, I think all runners dream of the marathon, but in terms of fitness, the 5k race is a superb distance to run. Not only is it a metric distance - what era are we in, the 1950s? - it is also offers benefits for your health, wealth and sanity.
Here are my five favourite reasons for loving 5k:
Dedication and superhuman fitness are seen in the 5 km race too. Mo Farah set a British 5,000 m record of just 12:53:11. Mind you, even Mo had to give a marathon a try, so perhaps the call of the marathon is just too strong to resist.
Fitness and Pilates instructor with a passion for science.