Over at RuntotheFinish, runner, Amanda, reminded me the other day that, "Hope is not a Strategy." With this in mind I set off to finish my half marathon preparation. I have never participated in a half marathon before so I figured I would write down what I did this week so I can later look back at it and assess whether or not it was a solid preparation routine.
1. Follow a training plan to the letter for eleven weeks and THEN the week before the race don't finish a single run. That method truly builds confidence. Nothing says, "winner" like running 1 mile of a 12 mile training run and then going home to eat a cupcake.
2. Which brings me to my next strategy. Eat double the amount of junk food usually consumed in a week. (Hey. These are not tips from Hal Higdon...stick with me, Baby.) Guacamole? No problem. Chocolate Pop-Tarts? Bring 'em on.
3. And finally be sure to get close to no sleep at all the week before the race. Preferably because little kids have you running upstairs two or three times a night to put them back to sleep and administer Tylenol. (I hope it was Tylenol. I was pretty groggy.) If that doesn't work - stay up late blogging or harassing your spouse so they can't sleep either. Whatever works.
4. And finally....even though it is certainly going to be regrettable. Buy new shoes two days before the race instead of a couple weeks before. Genius.
The Coach keeps telling me I will be fine. His theory being that if I can run eleven miles I can run thirteen. I'll let you know how that theory holds up on Monday.
What are you up to this weekend?