There are a lot of running bloggers out there writing about how to train for a half marathon. Who wants to be like other bloggers? I thought I would go against the grain and tell you how not to train for a half marathon. What makes me an expert on what not to do? Well, quite frankly, these are all the things I am doing right now to not prepare for the Rock 'n Roll San Antonio half marathon on November 11th.
My Best Tips on How NOT to Train for a Half Marathon:
1. Talk about signing up for a half marathon for months. Talk about it some more. Don't actually register. Wait until the pricing structure is at the highest cost possible before finally taking the plunge and registering for the race.
2. Don't run any long runs until four weeks before the race. After all, you have run seven half marathons to date, who needs to train? Get cocky.
3. As a matter of fact, barely even run at all. Once a week should be fine. Forget all about speed work, hill repeats, and tempo runs.
4. Get off track on your diet and gain a few pounds in the weeks approaching the race. Being properly fueled is probably not that important.
5. Wait until four weeks before the race, then panic that you are not properly trained. Beat yourself up over it a little. Tell yourself that you will probably finish with your worse half marathon time ever. Tell yourself this over and over. Feel bad about it.
6. Don't have a plan, just wing it.
7. Increase your weekly training mileage more than you should every week to play catch up on those long miles you haven't been running.
8. Let your ego get in the way and run too fast for the distance. After all, you wouldn't dare want to post a training run on the internet, for all the world to see, with a pace over a 9 minute mile (gasp). You know people out there are probably judging you by the pace you run.
9. Don't overly concern yourself with safety or avoiding injury. All that matters now is that you finish this race without a minute of walking and that you PR, despite the fact you have not been properly preparing or training to do that.
10. Write a blog post about it dripping with sarcasm.
I kid! I kid! Please do as I say, not as I do. Please do not follow any of the above terrible advice.
It is true, I waited too long to sign up for the race and paid more than what was necessary. I haven't been training for long runs like I should have been. I sometimes have moments of panic that this race will be a total disaster. However, I do have a plan.
I plan to do the best I can and not put too much pressure on myself. I plan to walk if necessary and not beat myself up about it. I plan to not even try to run fast or achieve a new personal record. I can't expect the reward of a PR when I didn't put in the work. I plan to take safety and injury prevention very seriously and listen to my body during training and during the race. I plan to think positively and just do my very best. I plan to enjoy every moment of the race and just have fun!
Wish me luck! November 11th is just around the corner!
What is your best advice on what not to do to train for a race?
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