The Hal Higdon plans all (I think) include races leading up to the goal race. The Marathon 3 plan, before I put it through the slap chop, had three lead-in races (5k, half marathon, 10k) but I will probably end up doing only a 5k and a half, unless a 10k comes up for less than $40 on a convenient weekend and close by. Which could totally happen.
This race had a 10k option, but I don't feel up to racing a 10k just yet. It's weird to be doing a race already at all with the two weeks off I had. But I've been otherwise sticking to my plan, so I think I can do well in the 5k.
I've only done the one 5k. My plans for this race are to warm up by jogging to the race (because it's super close to where I live), and hopefully I will be able to pick up my packet the day before. I would like to get to the race with only about ten minutes to line up. I also plan to take a caffeinated shot block with ten minutes to go. I hope to stick on a 8:45 pace in lap 1, 8:22 in lap 2 and 8:00 or less for lap three with another quick burst of energy for the last 0.1. My goal is to finish in 25:30. This won't win me any awards, but I would be really happy with this. My last 5k was 26:59 but that was a 3.28 mile course. My pace was 8:14, which on a 3.1 course is 25:39.
I did a tempo run last night with splits 10:37, 9:26, 9:11, and 8:39 and could have easily done another two miles to round off a 10k. The warm-up lap is key... you can't warm up on your first mile of a 5k, you'll be ridiculously behind. I need to jog a nice 10:30 mile to the race, then keep moving once I get there. Had I kept running last night I think my fifth mile would have been around 8:10 if I was trying to do it faster than the fourth.
Pretty excited, only 10 days to go!
In the mean time I have a 15-miler planned for this weekend. >_<