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Friday, February 18, 2011

I am getting so excited for the Princess. Excited and scared at the same time. I don't know why I get so nervous before races. I think I'm especially nervous this year because I have something to prove. Even if it's only to myself, it still makes me feel added pressure.

I'm planning on running 12 miles tomorrow. I have been unsure if I was going to do it since last weeks long run, but have decided it's a go. For some reason I've developed plantar fasciitis in my other foot and it was pretty sore last weekend. I've worked hard to take care of it this week (along with the foot that's already got it), and feel like I need the run mentally. Physically I feel like I'm ready for the race but I think running 12 will go a long way to give me confidence.

Speaking of confidence, mine was rattled yesterday when I went for a short run in our surprise 70 degree weather. I forgot about the heat factor in Florida after training in the cold (relative) . Let's just say it was a horrible run. I only ran 4 miles and felt like I was going to die. Thankfully the race starts early and I hope to be done before it gets too hot.

I know this blog is all over the place but I'm going to end with one final thought. As I was running yesterday and feeling horrible, I had the thought that at least I'm able to run. Fast or slow, I'm out there running and I take that for granted so many times. I've battled my plantar fasciitis for over 9 months, but that is no big deal compared to life issues people face every day. No matter what happens at the Princess, I'll enjoy every minute of it and be thankful that I was able to toe it up at the start with so many amazing women.
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CATIATM 2/22/2011 1:57PM

    I won't like - my confidence was badly shaken in the Donald this year. At the end of the day, you just have to pull your socks up, risk failure and go for it. I think you are goingt o have a great race, and I hope you really get into and enjoy the total experience. Good luck!

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DMR3673 2/20/2011 7:28PM

    Good luck at Princess~ and don't forget to HAVE FUN :)

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1MEGMEG 2/20/2011 2:34PM

    Love this blog! I completely empathize with the pre-race nerves! I get incredibly nervous too. I'm an upper middle of the pack runner, it's not like I am winning anything lol, but I think the competition against oneself is the toughest competition.

Last week at work I had the privilege of meeting a young man in another department. He runs marathons and is attempting this year to qualify for the US Marathon Olympic Team. We were talking mainly about work stuff, but then crossed over to running. I asked him if he gets nervous before races and how he handles it. He said he doesn't get nervous. He just likes to run and wants to have fun. Here's someone with so much at stake, the Olympics!! He is able to channel to his roots and remember WHY he got into the sport in the first place, and how much he loves it. He has fun! It sounds so overly simple, but it's true. :)

As a fellow race day nervous nelly I will challenge both of us to remember why we are here in the first place and to have FUN! And SMILE, Mickey Mouse is watching lol! :)


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CHIQUENS 2/18/2011 3:31PM

    hey, thanks for this post, it was motivating. You are doing it. Rock on!

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