How to NOT Prepare for a Race.

10 Feb


Run only 2 miles the week before.

Let your sore throat prevent you from drinking water.

Have a busy work week plus plans after work that keep you out at least an hour and a half past your bedtime each night.

Ditch your Thursday run for 2 glasses of chardonnay at happy hour and pass out in a chair (at home) before 8 pm.

Eat sweets like they haven’t touched your lips for a month.

Eat food like it’s going out of style.

Stay out late at a hockey game the night before the race.

Plan the race for a morning of cold and snow:

Do (Attempt to) Redeem Your Race:

Fit in an easy 2-3 mile run on Friday and Saturday so that your body doesn’t curse you for springing 13.1 miles on it out of nowhere.

Be a man runner and dress for the weather instead of whining about it. That’s why you bought a $110 Speedy Bullet (blindingly bright) jacket. Wear your UnderArmour tights UnderNeath another pair of running pants. Don some wool socks and winter gloves. Possibly buy a winter running hat instead of your chintzy ear warmer.

Drive only 15 minutes from your house to the start line.

Download a GPS-tracking app so your friend can come out and cheer you on as you run past her house.

Ditch the Camelbak that annoyed you on your last 10 mile run. Stash Shotbloks in your jacket and drink water at the aid stations. Bring a piece of bread with peanut butter too, since you know you love it it helps you not feel sick after mile 8.

Have fun. It’s only running, for pete’s sake.

Would you wear an ear warmer or a full hat for this race?

How have you redeemed a week of poor race preparation?

4 Responses to “How to NOT Prepare for a Race.”

  1. Lisa February 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    I’d go with what you’re used to for your ears. It looks cold enough for a hat, but if you’re more comfortable in an ear warmer I think you’d be fine. I’m usually in an ear warmer down to mid-20s unless it’s super windy. A lot of times I feel my race prep is off, and I’ve been okay. Best of luck!!

  2. DrRachelRuns February 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    I would wear a full hat, but I’m a full hat person. I got my half marathon PR on a race that I was totally ill prepared for. I ate like a pig all week, ran normally (no taper), including 7 miles the day before the half. I did everything wrong, but it was a great run. Sometimes I think things work out.

  3. Heidi Nicole February 10, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    I’d got with just the ear warmer, but that is just me – not a fan of full hats for running, they make my brain itch!

    I’m horrible at race prep…heck, this week I was horrible at running in general! Oops! But really, you’ve put in the miles in the prior weeks, you’ll do great! Good luck! 🙂


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