I opted to add the Oshkosh Marathon 5k to my race schedule on whim. I worked the weekend of the race and the start line is just down the street from my work, so it seemed like an easy add to my schedule. I figured, I had nothing to lose and worst case scenario is I just run nice and easy, opposed to running hard and get an easy workout in. Plus, the event is put on by Du Tri Run, who offer a race series style competition called the 5 Star Series. I ran the Oshkosh Half Marathon last year so, I do have some experience with this event. This year, the race organizers added a full marathon option which brought out even more people and media coverage from area news outlets. There definitely was a new buzz around this race when comparing to last year's race.
Training for This RaceAs I mentioned, this race was added a couple weeks ago, so obviously I was specifically following a training plan with this race in mind. I had been sticking to my previous mentioned "Run Less, Run Faster," training plan. My training has been going very well and I have been hitting all my marks in my training and have been staying healthy, which is by far most important. Since my last race, I have been taking rest days as needed and have also been very flexible with my schedule as my family and/or work obligations dictate. I have been much more flexible with my training and skipping workouts when I have to much more readily when compared to previous years. I must admit that I have been stressing a lot less when it comes to my training than previous years and I think it has had a profound effect on my family life, as well as my personal stress levels.
PreraceI worked Saturday night into Sunday. Lately, my sleep has been absolute crap and that remained true for both Friday and Saturday. I was a little nervous of where my energy levels were going to be come race time on Sunday morning. I ended up getting out of work a half hour early to get to the race site early enough to get my race packet and have enough time to get a proper warm up in before the race. After getting my race packet, I started my usual warm up routine of a short and easy run, followed with some walking lunges with a twist, some leg swings, and then some skips. I finish it all up with another shorter run, where I now work in some short strides to just work on some quicker leg turnover. After a good warm up, I made my way to the start line. The weather was OK, not great, but definitely not terrible. The temperatures were in the mid 40's with overcast skies, and a strong wind out of the west. It was definitely the wind that concerned me with its impact on the race itself - but hey, everyone is going to have to deal with it.
Nutrition PlanI packed a normal lunch while at work before, but I pushed everything ahead an hour or so from when I normally try to eat. I then ate a Cranberry Hammer Bar at 5:50am (about an 1:10 before the race). I also took a couple Hammer Anti-Fatigue Caps at this time. Around mile 2, I took a single serving of Hammer Energy Surge to help the my final kick. That was the extent of my "nutrition plan," as I took in no water or calories during the 5k itself.
Gear/EquipmentNike Zoom Streak LT2
Hammer Swiftwick Socks
Hammer Short Sleeve Running Shirt
What's on TapAfter returning home I took a look at my Garmin data from the race and saw that, according to my GPS data, the course was a little longer than 3.1 miles or 5,000m. My watch had a total distance of 3.22 miles. While hanging around after the race I talked to a few other runners and almost everyone had a distance over 3.1 miles. Another guy said he had a distance of 3.19 miles. Now, I totally expect a variance in the total distance and do not expect the distance to be 3.1 miles, but 3.22 miles is a little long by my book. When I had finished I truly expected a better time, honestly even a PR (current PR of 17:49). After seeing my time and that the course was a little long, I did a little math and came up with a potential 5k time of 17:33. The whole reason I bring any of this up, is because it brings me to the reasons for my next scheduled race, the Jailbreak 5k. This race is only a few days away, Saturday April 25th. I was debating whether or not to run this event all together, but after putting up a strong race with a poorly represented time, I wanted to try it again at another 5k, one that I have had a lot of success at before. In fact, this is the event where I set my current PR for the 5k. So, that is what is on tap for me, another 5k, 6 days after the Oshkosh Marathon 5k. Now, I just need to focus on recovering physically from this race, to allow myself to enter the Jailbreak 5k as fresh as possible.
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