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Last Run Before The Marathon

Well, today was my last run before the marathon. One more day, and then it's 'the day'. I'm a ball of excitement and nervousness.

Tomorrow I will decide for sure what I'm wearing and get everything all laid out for Saturday morning. I took the advice of friends and decided to carpool. I'm riding down with someone who is doing the Half, and plan to ride back with Hubby and Lil Man. I'm a little nervous about getting there later than I had planned on, but I've been assured by my fellow running friend that we will be there in PLENTY of time. So I'm going to go with it. :)

I've been told that nervousness is normal - major anxiety not so much. I'm more on the nervous side of things verses anxiety. Think of me as a cool breeze on a hot summer day. Ok, that's taking it a little far. Just think of me as not huddling in the corner crying I can't do this.

I know this run will be full of emotions. I know I will cry. How much and how often will have to be determined.

I imagine in the early miles I will probably be overcome by emotion that I'm actually doing this, that I am wearing a 'marathon color' bib. As mile 7 gets closer (the split off for the Half marathon), I will be telling myself to keep moving. Don't doubt. Don't turn. Even though the hills may have already been killer so far, a  half marathon is not an option. Once I pass the turn off, I will be surprised if I don't have a small 'oh sh*t moment'. There is no turning back now.

As the miles progress, as I have in my Long runs, I've gone through a range of emotions. Elation that I'm still standing, pissed that everything hurts, doubt as to why I'm even doing this, followed by pure joy that the run is over and I actually did it. I've never gone past 20 miles. And this time around in training, I never went past 18 due to set back with the flu. So I don't know what a hilly 26.2 mile run will feel like.

But I plan to find out...

Comments

  1. You'll do great because you prepared for it! Good luck and mostly have fun!

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  2. Good luck!! I bet your nerves settle once you get into your stride!!

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  3. I love how you summed up the emotions of this. You WILL get through it and you will do well! If you made it to 18 miles, you have reached the level where your body has already experienced delving into other sources of energy and your muscles know what a long run feels like. Rest and remember that you are a RUNNER and it is what you do! :)

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