Personal Trainer Portland Oregon | Marathon versus 5K

There is a lot of to-do surrounding the marathon these days, with good reason.  Professional marathon racing is unquestionably the most lucrative way for pro runners to make any sort of money, and it’s the running equivalent of climbing Everest.  Many people sign up to run a marathon to get in better shape, or to institute an exercise program, or to simply say they’ve done it, all of which are perfectly legitimate reasons for running one.  But if running strikes your fancy, and you find yourself wanting to try other things, a 5k could be just what you’re looking for.Marathons are fantastic races for people who need to get into better shape, or who love to run marathons.  However, they are also monumentally taxing, as any marathon runner will tell you, and at best can only be run a few times a year.  A 5k, on the other hand, is less taxing and can be run multiple times a week if you so desire.  It doesn’t have the same level of mystique as a marathon, but it has more variability.  Marathons are long, and most people treat them as something that must be slogged through.  A 5k, on the other hand, is short, and can be run at a faster pace, which can help to improve the anaerobic system in your body. For people who enjoy competition, it’s also a great distance to race for time!A 5k can be used as a stepping stone for marathon training, or it can be the primary goal of a program.  Either way, it is a much easier race to run, over almost instantly in comparison to the marathon, and can add a new level of challenge for people used to running longer, slower distances by stressing different muscle fibers and the anaerobic system. Plus, it’s fun!The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241