And I wish there were more half marathons in my area. I like running marathons and enjoy the training required for the marathon, but the time to recover afterwards is a downer. Enve so, it seems like there are only two choices for racing distances: 5k or marathon. A few 5ks have a sister 10k, but not that many. Both 10k and half marathon seem to be good distances for me, but it's hard to find either one.
And as for a change in what you like running, I whole heartedly agree. Running cross country and track in high school, I loved the 5k and 3200. That seemed to be my best distance. Then I took a years sabatacal from running my freshman year in college so I could try intercollegiate swimming. Sophomore year, start running cross country and track again and all of a sudden, that 5k seems way too short. I didn't have the speed to make it in college cross country. But in the 10k, my endurance made up for lack speed and I did much better. Now, a run that seemed sooo long two years ago is a short run, an easy run. Funny how that happens.
Enjoy whatever distance you race
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