1/2 Marathon Prep: Everything you’ve wanted to know!

It seems everyone these days is thinking the same thing: “How do I prepare for a half marathon!?” Well, it’s your lucky day because you’ve stumbled upon the perfect place to have all your inquiries and wanderings answered! I just finished my 2nd half marathon this year and have some fantastic tips for prepping for the big day! BUT, I’m going to present my findings in a first-hand account of what you SHOULD do if you DON’T want to prepare well! I guess you should just think of whatever would be opposite from whatever I write and then DO that!

1 week before race day:
-Go to Outback Steakhouse and stuff yourself. Then, about 3 hours later try to go for a 9 1/2 mile run. It’ll be more challenging because about ever quarter-mile you’ll feel your Australian Cuisine wanting to escape out the way it came in!

6 days before race day:
-Whatever you do, don’t run at all for 4 straight days in the week leading up to your half.

2 days before race day:
-Don’t think about eating a meal high in carbs in preparation. Instead, eat fatty meat and fried foods.
-Stay out til’ 5 a.m. singing karaoke with your friends. It’ll give you that full nights rest that’s recommended 2 nights before your race.

1 day before race day:
-For lunch eat something heavy like Burger King. (Get some ice cream for an afternoon snack)
-Play badmiton to get you totally energized for the next day!
-Agree to a push-up contest.
-Stand on a bus for 3 1/2 hours and walk around for another 2.
-Make Ramen Spaghetti at midnight. It’s the perfect pre-race day meal.

Race day!
-Don’t find out the actual time your race starts, it makes the start more exciting and unpredictable that way!
-Use the restroom 3 minutes before your race starts.
-Come out of the restroom to realize your race has already started and jump the rope to join the pack. Make sure you bypass the starting line because it’s 100 meters in the opposite direction.
-Whatever you do, don’t stretch a single muscle before the race starts. It’s totally overrated.-When your a couple minutes into your run, try to listen to the playlist of songs you spent 1/2 an hour on the night before making. But before you actually listen to any of it, erase the playlist!

*In the end. if you cross the finish the race, you’ve already won! Well, ok, not literally…someone else won. Really, you’ve lost. And if you ran as slow as me, you probably lost more than once.

Still, congratulations! You’ve accomplished something that less than 1% of Americans participate in yearly!

My experience running the Changwon Half Marathon was good. It was pretty hot the day of the race and the course wasn’t exactly the most exciting scenery in Korea. The field of runners was very competitive and I found out quickly that not just anybody did these races. When I ran the Indy mini this May, the population of participants varied from adults to children, male and female from just about in sort of background that you could think of. Most of the runners in the Changwon race were men ranging from 25-50 years of age. I didn’t see any other male foreigners (at least white people) running the race. I stood out pretty bad and any time I ran by one of the water stations, all the female Korean workers would start cheering loudly for me! I would just laugh and give them a wave. It was nice having someone to yell for me during the 13.1 mile race!

Thank you for your continued prayers:
~There have been some unexpected stresses at work. Please pray for discernment in dealing with these problems.
~There are a few new job opprtunities for extra work here. I need to be wise in what I take on and remember to save time for rest.
~Finding ways I can be Jesus to my friends, students, co-workers, and perfect strangers
~Patience in understanding God’s plan for my life
~Becca Prieb & Katie Heisey, are currently traveling and serving God in India. Follow them at http://beckat.wordpress.com

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About Caleb and Becca

We are married. We are in Egypt. We have a son.
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