>General Running>5K race then long run or the other way ?
Abs of Flabs
I'm training for my first marathon and I've got two 5K races for charities coming up that's on the same day as my scheduled long runs of 13 and 16 miles...what's your opinion...do the race first or training run then finish up with the race ? I'm leaning towards the latter because if i run the race first i'd be tempted to run at a faster pace and then not having anything left for the long run ?
The same argument applies the other way around. If you run your long run first, you might be too tired to complete the 5k in a decent time. If you're running to race, then you should definitely run the 5k before your long run. Otherwise, it doesn't matter. You can run 2 - 3 miles before the 5k as a warmup, then run the 5k followed by the rest of the long run. This way, your long run won't be as long.