RECAP: Frostbite 5-Miler

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Start of the Frostbite 5-Miler. Event Photos By Tracy.

RECAP: Frostbite 5-Miler

Centerville, Ohio

Sunday, February 2, 2020

A brief update on my training and racing, as well as my thoughts about shoe technology and the upcoming 2020 Olympic Team Trials for the Marathon.

WINTER TRAINING

I averaged 66 miles/week in December and 72 miles/week in January. In January I increased my long run to 16 miles and did a lot of 20-minute runs in the evening. I found that running twice a day helped keep my legs loose, and the short run in the evening gave me energy and momentum towards my next run in the morning. Learn more about my training history here.

FIRST RACE OF 2020

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Shaking off the rust with a 26:10 5-Miler. Event Photos By Tracy.

I raced the Frostbite 5-Miler with a goal of running 5:10 pace and ended up finishing 2nd overall in 26:10 (5:14 pace). I was happy with my performance; the first race of the year is always tough, and it was windy. I decided to wear racing flats instead of the Next% even though I swore them off last year. It worked out well and my calves and feet got a good workout.

LOOKING AHEAD

My next race will be the Gate River Run 15K in Jacksonville, FL on March 7th. This race is also the USATF 15K Championship.

SHOE TECHNOLOGY

I’m glad that Brooks and other companies are releasing competitors to Nike’s Next%. Ohio-native Evan Schwartz recently reviewed the Hyperion Elite and believes it’s the better shoe. I like the World Athletics ruling, and I hope we can return our focus to racing and the athletes competing instead of the shoes.

U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS

US Olympic Trials Logo

I am excited for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials being held in Atlanta on February 29th. 260 men and 511 women qualified for the race that will be used to select 3 male and 3 female athletes to compete for the U.S. during this summer’s Olympic Games. You can see below what it took to qualify – an amazing feat by any male or female distance runner. Learn more about the athletes here.

USA Track & Field Qualification Standards for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta (Feb. 29, 2020)

Men

Event

Women

2:15:00

Marathon (“A” Standard)

2:37:00

2:19:00

Marathon (“B” Standard)

2:45:00

1:04:00 Half Marathon (“B” Standard)

1:13:00

Qualifying Window:

  • Marathon:  September 1, 2017 to January 19, 2020
  • Half Marathon:  September 1, 2018 to January 19, 2020

 

Stay tuned for more information following my next race, and check out the Sunday Long Run if you’re ever in town – we are building a strong crew and we are getting after it!

Email me at runohloru@gmail.com or follow me on Instagram @ohloru.

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