5k or 21k....please help me decide?

  • zakariahzol

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    Jul 20, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
    I gonna run for the 2009, Penang Bridge Marathon in November. For those who dont know it, this marathon is really famous in Asia , attracted nearly 20,000 participant from all over the world. It have been around for almost 35years, and one of the oldest in Malaysia.

    My problem is , they dont have my regular 7k and 10k for guys my age. I can either take 5k or 21k. 5K is not challenging enough, and 21k is to much for me. Running 21k mean , I be running over the bridge crossing the sea with excellent view of the harbour with fast and hardcore runners. 5K mean I be running with kids, familys and senior citizen.

    Is 4 month enough time for me to start training and preparing myself? With my work commitment and lack of time I dont even know if I can stick with the training program. But the hightlight of Penang Marathon is running crossing the bridge which mean I need to run 21k. 5K route does not include the Bridge. .

    I appreciated the advise.
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    Jul 20, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    If you have four months to train, you can easily do 21K.

    Just start training now on a program and you'll be ready.
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    Jul 20, 2009 9:26 PM GMT
    I agree with 26mileman.

    You have time to train if you start now and find a good training plan. It won't be too difficult if you put in the time and the miles.

    Good luck!
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    Jul 20, 2009 9:31 PM GMT
    Hell a 21k is a half a marathon. Its a long run practice for a marathon. You should be able to do it with the appropriate training and prepartion for a marathon.

  • toybrian

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    Jul 20, 2009 9:41 PM GMT
    Zak, you can do it and think of what you will accomplish when done..Just take your time training for it and running it...Just run at a good pace training for the race and when the day comes just run at the same pace you practiced at because when it starts the adrenaline runs fast and so will you so do not get caught up in it...Good luck and hope you take pics of it and post here...
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    Jul 20, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    You can do the 21k.

    It took me two months to get to 10 miles and was much easier than I thought. Now I do at least one ten mile a month. The first one will be killer, but if you train you will be fine.
  • zakariahzol

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    Jul 20, 2009 10:54 PM GMT
    Thank guys, for those encouragement. Give me a few days to think it over.
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    Jul 20, 2009 11:52 PM GMT
    4 months?!!!! Hell do the 21k. Thats plenty of time to train. especially if you dont restrict yourself with unrealistic time goals (like i tend to do).
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    Jul 21, 2009 1:11 AM GMT
    4 months is plenty of time. Back in 2007 I was running about 5 k twice a week. Not a big running fan. A buddy of mine talked me into running a half marathon (21k) I trained for 8 weeks. My longest run prior to the 21k itself was 10 miles. I didn't have the best time, but I ran the whole thing without stopping. FInished with a 9:37 minute mile average. You Can Do It!
  • zakariahzol

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    Jul 21, 2009 1:41 PM GMT
    Yes, I just register online for 21k today (you guys make me do it). What the heck. I can walk if I cant run. Anyway, I start my training this morning . I am doing some research on half marathon in the internet .

    Tq guys. I even stick the marathon ads on my desk for reminder how much days I have left. I keep you guys update on my progress.

    zak