Training for This Race
As I explained above, I have done more training similar to that of a lazy sack of potatoes. Since the Whistle Stop Marathon (60 days), I have run a total of 146 miles. In comparison, I ran 199 miles in the month of September alone (just 30 days). So, to say that I actually "trained" for this race is just a lie. I guess I did a couple runs to help prepare for running a hard 5k. On the 27th, I did a 5 mile interval run consisting of 4x800m and then on the Wednesday before the race I did a shorter interval run with 4x400m sprints.
First off, the race started at 4:30pm...yup I said PM. I hate afternoon races. Well, actually, I don't mind racing in the evening, but I hate the preparations of racing in the evening. It is something completely different. Something I am not used to. I work out in the mornings. I train and race every morning. So, when I'm asked to race in the evening, my entire "race day routine" is thrown out the window. I was originally scheduled to work both Friday and Saturday, but after Sarah and I agreed to do the 5k, see the lights, we decided to make a full holiday weekend of it, so I took off Friday and Saturday. We finished our Christmas Shopping and went to the Mall so our girls can see Santa. It was a nice weekend. On Saturday, I tried my best to avoid all cruddy foods, but still had a turkey sandwich on wheat bread for lunch and had a bowl of Cheerio's for breakfast. I at least finished eating any meal by 1:00pm, about 3-3.5 hours before the start of the race. We picked up my dad and were at the race start by 3:30 and picked up our race packets. I was really pleased with the race shirt, which was a nice long sleeve t-shirt with a nice design. An added bonus was the pair of running socks with the race logo on them!
Nutrition PlanMy nutrition plan was simply to stick with what works and try not to destroy my race with piss-poor nutrition throughout the day leading up to the start of the race. I feel like I (kind of) stuck with my goal of eating decent before the race. Then, an hour before the start of the race, I took, Hammer Anti-Fatigue Caps, Race Caps Supreme, and Mito Caps.
My brand new Contour Roam2
1 - 5:36
2 - 5:57
3 - 6:04
I truly had no clue what to expect with this race. Obviously, my goal was hang with the leaders and contest for the win. I had no clue if that was too ambitious or not. As I mentioned above, I was participating in this race as part of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office Team and part of that obligation was taking a team photo before the start of the race. I didn't want to be a turd at the start of the race, but I really wanted to get in a decent warm up before the start of the race. We ended up taking a team photo about 5-10 minutes before the start of the race...NOT conducive to a thorough warm up. Immediately after our team photo, I darted out the door to get in a quick warm up. I ended up getting in a 3-5 minute warm up, not great, but it was going to have to do. I nearly missed the start of the race, but just made it to the start line in time. I ended up way too far back for my liking at the start and was forced to duck and dodge between all the other racers in front of me. I took off as fast as I could knowing I was starting behind the 8-ball. After the first 400 meters or so, I knew I was in the top 6-8, but really couldn't tell. By mile 1 I felt as though I was in the top 3 or 4, but knew I was running at a pace I couldn't sustain. I did my best to hang on though. By mile two I was breathing way too hard and because of that I knew I was going too hard. I ended up losing 2 places, putting me in 5th or 6th in my mind. My goal was to just hang on to where I was at this point. I was able to hang onto my place and finished with a surprising 18:03 (5:49/mile) which was good enough for 6th place overall and 2nd in my age group of M30-39. My video from the Contour Roam2 turned out pretty good. Obviously, I sped it up about 8x faster, just to speed up the video from 18:00 to 3:00. I think I just need to work on the positioning of the camera to focus more parallel to the horizon, because as you probably noticed, the video is angled up a bit too far.
The Day in Music
For my second installment of my "Day in Music," I chose Run Run Rudolf by Brad Paisley & Steven Tyler. Again, the goal of this section is to summarize the race in a single song, just for shits and giggles.