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Oh Connie! You've caught the bug bad!!!
I can say that because I'm right there with you. I'm doing about 6 - 5K's this summer. I understand the bug (there are two I'm trying to resist signing up for right now). You need to have training runs outside of racing. I know that. I don't think a few 5k's will hurt - they are very short compared to what you are doing.
One of the things I'm doing is making a list of the races I can't/shouldn't do this year. I'll to those next year!
Edited by: BIGPAWSUP at: 3/18/2013 (12:51)
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While I know it's so exciting to get pulled into the race bug, it is so important as a new runner to not get too carried away. The reason, racing is not the same as training, no matter how hard you stay committed to yourself saying you will run it as a training run, it's very difficult not to get pulled into the race mentality. I think you can do some 5K races, but I would recommend no more than once a month. The reason, your body needs time to recover from those runs as well as ramping up the mileage for your half--it's very difficult to do both, especially as a new runner.
I'm training for my first half marathon, and actually ran my first race, a 7k, this past weekend. I now seem to have some strange desire to run every race I can find. But they're expensive! 8k or more, and I'm in for sure, but I'm wondering if it's really worth the money to run a bunch of 5ks as well. I know I'd have fun, but do you guys think shorter races will also help with my training? I'm still really new to this. Are there other benefits I haven't considered?
Thanks, and happy running!