I just started running just for the sake of getting better at running a few months ago and tomorrow is my third 5k. I have NEVER been fast, and up until a few mtnhs ago had never run more than 3.5 miles. When I did my first 5k I hadn't run more than 2.5 miles in training for it, and never in my life had I run 3 miles in under 28 minutes. Pathetic I know. Anyway, the first race was in Early April I believe. It was at a State Park scenic mountain thing. HILLS OUT THE ASS! Unfortunately I live in West Texas where there are almost NO hills and I had only been runnning outside so I had no training for that thing really. Somehow though I ran my fastest 5k in 25:43. I didn't know what a good time was, but I was pretty happy to get that considering it was definitely a PR, my first race, and had horrible hills. I went back to training and started adding in alot more running, and a lot more speed oriented stuff. I think my biggest problem at this point is not my cardio but my running technique. I've never run fast so I kinda feel like I need to learn how to run fast before I can run long and fast. Last week was a hard week. A lot of running, cycling, and I lifted REALLY hard after I had done something to my right ass cheek when reracking some heavy db's after BORs. I was a gym idiot and put my weight on my rght foot weird and twisted a bit and I've been a little hurt ever since. I lifted heavy the next day though and the rest of the week my DOMS was so bad I didn't even feel it.lol. This week it hurt bad enough that I started my leg workout with 1 legged squats, did three sets, then just got on the treadmill to run. I don't think it's torn, just pulled or strained and I would usually probably train through it, but I have the race this weekend so I figured I could go for skipping an intense leg workout this week. My last 5k was 2 weeks ago. I ran it in 23:34. My goal was 23:20, I started out too fast I guess, and i was hurting by mile 2. I started thinking that since I had this 5k tomorrow, and another in 2 more weeks, I might just use this weekend's one as a "fun run", but then during the week I did a 3 miler in 22:34 and I felt like come race day I could probably do better than that. I don't have to beat everybody, but I have to do my best. Then today I went to a local thai food place. I see the owner at both the runs I've been to and he's got trophies all over the place for running, I asked him if he was going to go to the next town over tomorrow(20 miles away) to do the 5k and he said if he did he would ride his bicycle over there, then run, then ride back. Sounds like a good idea to me and that is what I am going to do. Registration is at 8:30 in the morning, the race starts at 10 so I will probably start the 20+ mile bikeride at 7:15-7:30, plan on getting there around 8:30-8:45, then ride back after the awards ceremony. I don't plan on trying to break a 5k record since I will be riding around 50 miles on top of it, I'm doing this solely to find out just how much I can hate my life on the way back. I honestly have only ridden that kind of distance once, but it wasn't too difficult, and i think as long as I pace myself the ride there, don't try to set a record on the run, and steal plenty of extra granola bars, powerade, and fruit I should not do too bad at all. I'll definitely be updating this thread with the results tomorrow.