Overall a fun, brainless read with humor and some good running etiquette though definitely more focused on males than females. Here are the five rules that stood out:
RULE 1.51: A PR is Forever But...Ok, so this one chafed me but I totally get it. According to Remy, a PR lasts only 2 years. I haven't really run in 2 years (2009 was baby year, 2010 is building my base back)!! Which means all my PR's from my last good running year (2007) are obsolete?! Nooooooo! If anyone has checked my PR page, most of my PR's are ANCIENT. At least I am totally open and honest about how ancient they are!
This means that 2011 is definitely going to be the year to roll up the sleeves and get to work. BUT, if you're training for distance runs, that really takes up the entire year. You don't get time to train for short distances. Since 2011 is going to be my half/full marathon year, 2012 would have to be the year for 5k/10k distance, but I was thinking that Baby F needs a little brother around that time, so then if 2012 is another baby year then 2013 would have to be the short distance year...and by then my 2011 distance PRs will be obsolete and...I'm screwed basically. I have to say, this 2-year shelf life on PR's is fine for men but totally biased against women of childbearing age. Or maybe I shouldn't have waited so long to have kids?
RULE 1.26: Training Plans Must Go on the FridgeI like this one, Remy is redeemed. I just keep my plan on the computer but I like Remy's point about how it should stare you daily in the face, and stare at anyone else who comes into the kitchen. Also, it would be definitely satisfying to "x" off those workouts as completed. My 2011 Master Plan is going on the fridge for sure.
RULE 1.64: Concrete Isn't Really Harder Than AsphaltRemy and all the civil engineers say "BULL HOOEY!"
RULE 2.9: Learn to Love "Race Morning Buzz"I love race morning buzz but it has been so long since I trained long and hard for a specific race that I've almost forgotten the feeling. The butterflies. The good anxiety. I can't wait to have that feeling again in 2011.
RULE 2.39: You Must Run at Least One Race in Your Lifetime That Finishes on a TrackI do speed work on a track but I haven't raced on a track since high school. I would definitely like to finish a race on a track, brilliant idea. The local Eugene Marathon finishes on Hayward Field (PRE!) and of all tracks, THAT would be the one to finish on. Unfortunately, that race is the same weekend as my Indy Mini Marathon that finishes on a NASCAR racing track so it's out. Will have to keep looking. Any other suggestions?