Tune-ups are a great indicator of your current fitness level.

Two weeks to go before the Statesman Capitol 10,000, set for Sunday, April 7 at 8:00 a.m., and you’re wondering what kind of workouts to do. Time for a tune-up. But what is a tune-up? Typically, it’s a shorter race or a workout that helps set the stage for your target race. Tune-ups are effective because they let you know what to expect on race day and are a great indicator of your current fitness level. The tune-up of choice for a 10K, is—you guessed it—a 5K. By running 3.1 miles at fast than your 10K pace one week out, you’ll experience a hard effort, but have plenty pf time to recover. Here are some area races to choose from:

  • Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 a.m., the Chapa 5K Challenge at Chapa Middle School, 3311 Dacy Lane in Kyle. The race starts and finishes at Chapa Middle School. Although it’s on a brand-new course, the east side of I-35 where the course is fairly hilly.
  • Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 a.m., Lion’s Run for the Park 5K at Old Settlers Park at the Lakeview Pavilion in Round Rock. Head up to Round Rock and get a glimpse of the UIL state cross-country course by running this 5K. The course starts and finishes at the Lakeside Pavilion and incorporates both the Lakeside and Creekside loops.
  • Saturday, March 30 at 5:30 p.m., the Wicked Wine Run 5K. Don’t feel like getting up early on a Saturday? Head to Spicewood Vineyards (1419 Co Rd 409, in Spicewood) and race through the trails of the beautiful Spicewood Vineyards.
  • Sunday, March 31 at 8:00 a.m., Head for the Cure 5K at the Domain, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza. Remember the Austin10/20? This is kind of the same course at the Domain, but half the distance. And yes, it’s a rolling course.
  • Sunday, March 31 at 9:00 a.m., GIT FIT 5K at Berry Springs Park, 801 Co Rd 152 in Georgetown. Longtime Vern’s No Frills 5K runners will recognize the course!

Upcoming Race: Sunday, April 7 at 8:00 a.m., the Statesman Capitol 10,000. The big one starts at Congress Avenue Bridge and finishes at W. Riverside Dr. by Auditorium Shores.