It’s Go Time

I’m running a marathon tomorrow. I normally get quite a bit of performance anxiety, but it’s amped up quite a bit with this one. I’ve actually given myself a headache. I know, I know, just ENJOY the moment, the race, the crowds, feeling like a rock star. Trust me, I am. But I’m here to kick ass. I’m here for a PR and another BQ. I’m here to run my best race. I’ve paid for coaching, for PT, for tons of shoes, this trip. I’ve trained six days a week. I ran in the ice, the snow, the cold rain, the hot rain, the humidity, the early hours, the evenings, the afternoons. I put up with an allergic skin reaction to chlorine so I could cross train.  I missed ONE workout in over six months. ONE. And it wasn’t even a run, it was a swim. And I did housework that day so I consider that a workout 😉

I’m scared. I don’t want to admit it, but I am. I’m scared of the hills. I’m scared of having a bad run day. I’m scared of bonking. I’m scared of it being a little too warm, too windy, too crowded. Maybe I’m the only one who will admit it, but I’m not the only one who’s feeling that way.

So instead of letting it get to me any more, I’m going to focus. I’m going to channel all the positive thoughts sent from my friends. They’ve been priceless and I truly thank you. I’m going to focus on what tomorrow WILL be, which is the best race experience I could imagine. I’m going to push through the fatigue, the pain, the anxiety. I’m going to run my hardest.  I will keep this in mind “In the first half of the race, don’t be an idiot, and in the 2nd half, don’t be a wussy.”

We are heading to our downtown Boston hotel now.  Good luck to everyone running Boston tomorrow.

As for me….



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12 thoughts on “It’s Go Time

  1. You ARE A ROCKSTAR!! Haven an AMAZING race tomorrow and enjoy it!! You worked hard to get there, now it is time to reap the rewards. I’ll be cheering from central Iowa and wearing my “Boston Strong” shirt tomorrow to honor all of you running.

  2. Melissa

    Best of luck for an amazing race!

  3. Best of luck, and have the time of your life!

  4. Cat Hiles

    Best of luck to you! I can’t wait to read about it afterwards 🙂

  5. I’m reading this a bit late but I am certain that all your hard work will not have gone to waste. The fact that you remained so persistent through your training even on good days as well as the bad shows you’re in it for the long haul. I hope you reach your expectations for today but either way, I want to congratulate you on being such an amazing runner/individual because every thing you described is what every dedicated runner strives to be/do. So as a fellow runner, I say go kick some gushy and give em all you’ve got because there’s nothing in your way now. The training is the hardest part, and you’ve done it better than most. Way to go!

  6. Sorry I meant tushy not gushy. Forgive the typo, please

  7. Have an amazing race!!!

  8. I hope you have an amazing time and kick ass.

    I’m running a marathon in 2 weeks to make my first BQ attempt and I’m terrified. So I get what you’re feeling to a degree. I’m also jealous of you 😉

  9. I hope you had an amazing race today!

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