Welp… the day after tomorrow I’ll be getting up at 5am and will be running in the Navy Air Force Half Marathon (EEK)!!
Just a leisurely 13.1 MILES around our Nation’s beautiful capital with my best friend beside me and the boyfriend at the finish line. Doesn’t sound too bad, right?… Right?!
Well here are just a few thoughts currently running through my head (pun intended):
I’ve done a half marathon before, I got this… although it’s starting to get a bit cold outside, especially in the morning… I hope it’s not TOO cold on the morning of the race… If it is cold, what will I wear?… A long sleeve top will be great for the morning but it will be too hot by mile 7… Omg, mile 7, that’s just barely over halfway through the whole thing… I have 13.1 whole miles to run! I only ran 3 miles yesterday and got a stitch in my side after 5 minutes… What if I get a stitch in my side the day of the race?!… I better not have anything to eat before I run in the morning… So I better make sure to carb-load the night before… Maybe the boyfriend will take me out to that tasty Italian restaurant by my house for a large plate of pasta… But it better be early, because I need to go to bed early…. I hope I can sleep better than I did last night! I need sleep! Or else I won’t be able to drag myself even 3 miles, let alone 13.1… At least this race course looks better than the half I did last year… And I know the area I will be running around since it’s just a few blocks from the boyfriends house… But last weekend when I was running around there I tripped off a curb… boy, that was embarrassing. I definitely don’t want that to happen again… But at least I will have a friend with me this time just incase. She will laugh it off with me… It’s always more fun running with someone… As long as I can keep up with her… Good thing I got my new running shoes a few weeks ago to help with ankle support… Hopefully they aren’t too new that they will bother me the day of the race… But I guess it’s too late now… They will probably be fine… I can do this…. I think I can do this… Yes, I can do this!
So there you have it. The crazy thoughts that are going through my head as I sit here and stare at the race course map, trying to pump myself up while also taking deep breaths.
How do you keep your nerves in check leading up to a race, especially on the morning of the race?? As you can tell, I need some suggestions!