Thursday, October 15, 2009

Des Moines Marathon Validation Plan

I'm going to write this post using some of my work-related lingo. Only developers and QA types will probably find it amusing. It is sort of like Steve Martin from his early stand-up days when he geared one of his jokes towards a convention of plumbers supposedly in the audience, only not nearly as funny...

DESCRIPTION:

2009 Des Moines Marathon Validation Plan

IMPACT ASSESSMENT:

Preliminary weather forecast appears to be sunny and in the low 30's at the start with a high around 60 later in the day. Should make for an ideal day of running, even though it might create something of a wardrobe conundrum at the start.

UNIT TEST:

Runner had a good, solid summer of training. A few medium distance races and a 20 miler for tuneups, and weekend long runs between 17 and 21 miles over the course of August and September.

CODE REVIEW:

Review suggests runner is prepared and has trained within the established standard operating procedures. Runner is also armed with a new enough pair shoes that are properly broken in, a varied wardrobe for any conditions, plenty of gels, and is taking adequate anti-chafing measures.

TEST PLAN TO VERIFY:

In the downtown Des Moines testing environment:

1. Choose proper attire based on Sunday morning weather
2. Tie shoes, ensuring laces are tight
3. Apply anti-chafing measures
4. Carry enough gels in waist pack
5. Line up at 8:00 AM in downtown Des Moines on Sunday, October 18
6. Run, run, run
7. Successfully finish the 2009 Des Moines Marathon

My VERIFICATION TESTING RESULTS will be recorded upon my return. :)

Iowa State Capital building from my trip in 2006



Onward to Des Moines! Good luck to all of you running this weekend, and I will speak to you when I get back on Sunday!

Until next time,

Jean
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