The Art of Unpreparedness

The time has come; it is now under a week until I run the Wycombe Half Marathon! In celebration, I am doing no exercise whatsoever and eating lots of junk. In the words of the great Sun Tzu:

“When the front is prepared, the rear is lacking, and when the rear is prepared the front is lacking. Preparedness on the left means lacking on the right, preparedness on the right means lacking on the left. Preparedness everywhere means lack everywhere.”

In accordance with the Art of War, therefore, I have decided to approach this half marathon in a state of all-round unpreparedness.

As the diagram below shows, a normal training programme involves running four times a week for twelve weeks, running a total of 382 km (239 miles).

This, however, is the art of preparedness.

My strategy, as you can see from my training history, has been to run just three times.

First 5km, then 10km and finally 15km.

It goes without saying, therefore, that my next run – the half marathon – will be a successful 20km.

This, friends, is the art of unpreparedness.

Bring it on!

About the Author
Ed Gamester is a silly man who lives in the United Kingdom. He is the harbinger of Ghost Squad, singer of Gay Bum and author of A Rum Run Awry. He fights, kills and dies for TV and films, and gallivants around the place wrestling, drinking and lifting things for glory and profit. Where Ed treads, there stamp the boots of the Guild. Ed does not wear glasses, but feels this photograph makes him look more intelligent and artistically talented than he is. Feel free to contact him: he is disappointingly affable.

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