Going for the Gusto
So, how does one of the winners prepare to compete in a 5K on race morning? Stuff down a bagel or pancake as some of us might do. Ken Hall, who won the August Gusto 5K on Saturday (Aug. 25) morning, said he doesn't eat anything before a 5K.
``I might eat a snack before I go to bed,'' Ken said after pulling away from 17-year-old Taylor Logan about the halfway point. ``I will get up two to three hours before the race just so my body can wake up. I'm an early riser anyway. I'll start drinking some water and Gatorade after I get up to rehydrate. I'll get to a race about an hour or so before race time and warm up. I'll usually jog about two miles, and then 10 to 15 minutes before the race, I'll do some build-ups and strides of about 100 yards to make sure my heart rate is up before I run.''
Ken, who has a 2:44 best in a marathon, said he will eat something before running the longer distances. He'll have a chance to share some of his knowledge with his wife when she competes in her first marathon in Maui on Sept. 16. Ken also will pace her some of the way.
Teresa Froese, 33, of Arlington won the women's title, and said the 5K was her first 3.1-mile distance in a long time as she usually focuses on marathons. The former University of Tulsa runner said she has competed in seven marathons over six years and has a 3:04 PR in the 2006 Oklahoma City marathon. Her next marathon, she said, will be either the Route 66 in Tulsa or the Wellstone's White Rock.
The August Gusto was the last of Jeph Abara's Summer Scintillation Troika series. The others were the Mid-Year Muse & Motion 5K, the Summer Sizzler 5K and the ad hoc Just For The Heck of It VI 5K. Those who registered in three or all four received special SS Troika awards.