Monday, August 31, 2009

Winners never cheat and cheaters never win

Perhaps you saw me doing the happy dance yesterday morning as I finished my 11 mile run by myself! My good friend Jill was running in VA and so I was left to go by myself. But I did it!!! I didn't die...have to use the bathroom...or get jumped and/or abducted (weird fear of mine). I actually felt great! Here is my question though...if you know you are going to win the race is it ok to train the course? I ran 11 miles of the 1/2 marathon that I am doing in September. It has TONS of hills so I wanted to know what was coming while I was running. Now let's be real....I'm not going to win this race. The winner will probably be giving her acceptance speech by the time I finish so do I really have an advantage? I am just trying to go faster than 2 hours. We shall see! I would like to talk with the race developers and ask why oh why they need to have the course end after a HUGE hill! I mean really it's like adding insult to injury!

My clean eating has been going ok but I feel like I am always thinking about food! I am sure that once I get used to it all I will be able to think about other things. This is my last week before going back to school and I am not too thrilled! Emma and I will be soaking up all that we can of each other this week! She has a stuffy nose so she is a bit clingy anyways. I do love this weather though!!!


  1. I think it is fine...if I lived near any of the courses I would run them as training.. Not sure what the "Rule Book" if there is one, would say...but it is SMART on your part to prepare. Especially with an EVIL hill at the end, UGH!!!

  2. I think running the course is SMART! Even if all you do is drive it, it gives you a mental advantage. Running it though, is better. When you see the hill on the horizon, it isn't "Oh no, look at that hill!" It's, oh yeah, there's that hill that I know I can tackle." Good luck!!

  3. Running the course is a great idea...way to go on 11 miles! You rock!

  4. I am proud of you girlfriend! That was the way to do it by running part of the course (since we were unsuccessful the prior week). I was sending you running vibes while I challenged myself during the Annapolis 10 miler! What a fabulous race:)

  5. I think that's great - you know what to expect. I wouldn't want to do it bc I'd want to be surprised and entertained :) that's my running style though!

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