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2664 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 29, 2011 8:09 AM by Rennmaus
Rennmaus Pro 61 posts since
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Sep 22, 2011 7:54 AM

2 races within one week?

I have been running regularly since April and run pretty much every day. Right now I run between 2 miles on a bad day and 5 miles on a good day. I am planning two races this fall/winter. I want to participate in a 5k trail run in December and I want to run a 10k (a regular one, not trail run). I have been running races years ago but those will be my first races in a long time. The one in December I will run for sure. I could be running a 5k or 10k exactly one week before the trail race. Is this something to recommend? two races within a week? And should I go for the 5k first as I haven't run races in a long time and also the route will be hilly. I am running hills a lot and love them, but I am not sure if a 10k (it would be my first ever) and hills would be to much? Should I go for another easier 10k or go for the hilly 5k? I definitely want to run a 10k soon. I am about one mile shy from a 10k right now. It should be doable within the next two months I guess. Any advice?




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  • crl8686 Legend 1,313 posts since
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    1. Sep 24, 2011 11:04 PM (in response to Rennmaus)
    2 races within one week?

    Normally it takes about one day of recovery (no hard running or racing) for each mile raced. So racing a 5K and 10K one week apart should not be a problem for you.

    I've raced 5K's and 10K's on consecutive weeks a number of times - sometimes that's just the way a race schedule works out. Some have been flat and fast courses, some hilly and others in between. I wouldn't do it for many weeks in a row, but two in a row has never been a problem.

    2015 highlights...

    @ 5K: New Balance Palm Springs 5K, Palm Springs, CA, 24:32

    Angels Baseball Foundation 5K, Anaheim, CA, 24:24

    Pride of the Valley, Baldwin Park, CA, 24:28

    @ 10K: LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, Los Angeles, CA, 52:15

    Great Race of Agoura - Old Agoura 10K, Agoura Hills, CA, 51:40

    Fiesta Days Run, La Canada, CA, 49:57

  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,541 posts since
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    2. Sep 25, 2011 8:07 AM (in response to Rennmaus)
    2 races within one week?

    I would recommend the 5K the week before, for a number of reasons.

    - You haven't raced in a while.

    - The race is hilly.

    - You haven't been running consistently for very long.

    - Running the 5K will allow better recovery for the trail race.

    - A trail 5K will be closer to a road 10K in terms of effort.

    All in all, a road 5K, followed by a fairly easy recovery week, will leave you better prepared for the trail 5K.




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