What I Think About When I Think About Racing


I’m laying in bed preoccupied with what tomorrow will bring. In less than 12 hours from now I will embark on my second ever marathon. I thought I would be less nervous this time, but truth is I’m not. I’m both terrified and incredibly excited for my race. 

This weird mix of feelings is a result of stepping out of my comfort zone. I’ve only been running for a couple years and still feel like a newbie. I question my training, lament about my speed (or lack there of), and wonder if I’m fueling properly.

  
Even if I am “ready” (whatever that means), there are always other things that can go wrong! My body is sore from my slopitch team’s double header last night and I’ve been having problems with my feet. Not to mention all the other things that could throw me for a loop like dehydration, weather, cramps, chaffing … and heaven forbid, stomach/bathroom issues!

It’s times like this that I have to take a step back and remember that I’ve put in the hours and I’m prepared. There are always things that will be out of my control, in running and in life, and all I can do is give it my all. As they say, “It’s better to try and fail, than to have never tried at all” … but hopefully it won’t come to that!

Anyway, time to turn my brain off, trust in myself, and go to sleep. What will happen, will happen. Goodnight and see you on the other side!


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Brie

Brie

I started running about three years ago. Until this time i had never considered myself a runner and actually hated running. I'm not sure what changed but i'm glad it did! I enjoy sharing my thoughts, training, and experiences through my blog and encouraging and supporting others in their running journeys. Since becoming a runner, I have completed a handful of half marathons, three full marathons, and four ultra marathons. However, my biggest accomplishments have been running the Rim2Rim2Rim in the Grand Canyon and completing a seven-day, 250km stage race in the Alps. These were adventures of a lifetime and something I had never imagined that I would do even in my wildest dreams!

2 comments

  1. Good luck with your marathon!! I understand about the worries. My first half is in two weeks and I know I will probably not be able to shut my brain off the night before. I hope you got good sleep.

    1. Thanks! I actually slept really well! The marathon was every bit as tough as I remember it being but I made it to that glorious finish line! Good luck on your first half – I’m sure you will crush it!!! 🙂

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