The Insane Inflatable 5K is coming back to Tuscaloosa, for one because it was incredibly successful, but also because it was just a lot of stinking fun. I participated in last year's race and had an absolute ball, albeit it was completely exhausting. So how am I preparing for it this year?

Well, for starters, I'm making sure to get plenty of sleep. Rest is one of the most important things for anybody, so I'm definitely taking advantage of this strategy. I may be resting a little excessively, but I'm of the opinion to either go big or go home.

Now, for the running part of the race (arguably the most important part), I'm racing back and forth between my couch and refrigerator. I'm not thinking of it as a 3.1 mile fun run; I'm looking at it as 5456 one-yard sprints. The distance from my couch to the fridge is roughly 21 feet (seven yards), so if I can master the seven-yard sprint at least 780 times/day, I've got this in the bag.

As some of you may know, I've been helping out the Sipsey Valley boys and girls soccer teams over the past couple seasons, and although I'm technically a "coach," I try to run around here and there, mainly prepping for the Insane Inflatable 5K. Again, running just a few yards at a time, not because I may or may not be out of shape (.......), but the tactic of knocking out 780 seven-yard sprints.

I've got this.

Join me at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport this year and we'll have a blast running the Insane Inflatable 5K. Last year's felt like all five of those K's were up hill (again, it may have been contributed by possibly, maybe not being in the best cardio shape), so here's to this year's being all downhill!