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Nervousness is setting in

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I just ate a homemade pizza that was not good for me. I'm regretting it now that my tummy is upset. Next time I'll do better; I swear it!

And now the purpose of this blog: to discuss the nervousness I'm feeling already before my first half next weekend. I've prepared. I've run more than 250 miles this summer preparing for my first half. I've increased my times tremendously, going from a mostly 12ish mile to about a 10 (unless I'm doing super long runs, like 10+ miles). I've managed to understand how to fuel my body the way it should be fueled during long runs. I've tinkered with food, water, and gatorade until I've found the best combination. I should feel ready. And yet, just writing about it sets the butterflies aflutter in my belly.

My biggest worry is that I will be feeling absolutely horrid toward the end. The training plan I'm on has had me tapering for the last three weeks. Tomorrow I do 5 miles, last week was 8, the week before that should have been 10, but I did more like 6, and the week before that I'd done 13. It just seems like in order to do my best, I should be running more the closer I get to the half. I'm trusting the experts of the book I got my training plan from and not doing more than they say (though tomorrow I'm doing 6 rather than 5), but it still is hard to believe that I'll be able to do the full 13.1 when I've not been running very much lately.

The next thing I'm worried about: I haven't done much ST or cross training for the last three weeks. My darn crazy busy schedule has me so busy that I've only been able to ST once a week and do my three runs/week. Yes, this is an excuse. I should be making the time in order to perform the best possible. Unfortunately, the students I teach and my education are more important right now than the excess training schedule.

And so, here I am. Still writing and feeling nervous. Still just hoping I can finish the race (and slightly hoping to finish under 2 hrs, 40 mins). Still hoping I want to keep running after this one!

And the countdown begins! 1 week until my first half. Yikes!
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  • STARLIGHT615
    Hunny you are totally prepared for this half!! You are going to rock it out no question!! I am so proud of you!! Love ya!
    3319 days ago
  • PRETTYPITHY
    There is no one more prepared, who has worked harder and deserves the sweet taste of success more! You are going to rock this, I have no doubt. I'm so proud of you and can't wait to read your race report.
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    3320 days ago
  • REENSKI
    You are tottaly going to rock this Anne!
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    3320 days ago
  • DAISYDIVA74
    Anne you got this!!! You are an amazing, strong, awesome woman! You are a RUNNER!! I have complete faith in you! You ROCK!!!
    3320 days ago
  • POSITIVE-FORCE
    Anne, I have complete faith that your going to knock this out of the park. Don't worry. I really hope that you don't feel horrid at the end. My thoughts will be with you!
    3320 days ago
  • AMBER281
    You can totally do this!!
    You have done 13 miles before so you and your body have everything it needs to do this.
    Just relax, take a few deep breaths and enjoy yourself!
    You are amazing!

    3320 days ago
  • NICE125
    Dont worry, you will do it, and well too!!
    Just some pointers,
    keep your pace slow in the beginning- this is difficult because you're excited and raring to go!!!
    Dont worry about the tapering- it is required to keep your legs fresh for the actual race- my family teases me that I slack off 2 weeks before the race, but this is not a written exam where you cram everything 2 weeks before the exam.
    So relax, and enjoy the experience!!!You have worked hard, it will be great!
    3320 days ago
  • no profile photo CRYSTALLULLABY
    You will do it strong and capable and incredibly! emoticon

    I know tapering off sounds ridiculous (I thought so too when training for the tri.) But really, it does make all the difference. You've reserved all that energy for that one moment and you will feel better than you could have imagined.

    Don't worry about not ST or cross training. You mentioned that you think that your education and the students are an excuse but you also said they are your priority. Then don't see it as an excuse. Unfortunately, we can all only do so many things and as long as you are taking care of your priorities - you will be better for it in the end. (You could ignore your education and ST but how good would that really make you feel?)

    We are behind you and rooting for you the entire time. We know you can do this and so do you! emoticon
    3320 days ago
  • SMALLERMELORIE
    You can do it. Go, Sunny Gal, go.
    3320 days ago
  • LEAMABROOK
    focus! u can do it!
    3320 days ago
  • CHUBBYSISTER1
    You will do AWESOME!!!! No worries at all.....just enjoy!!!
    3320 days ago
  • LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1
    emoticon emoticon I'm rooting for you all the way...Hang in there ! emoticon emoticon
    3320 days ago
  • no profile photo DWILCZKO
    you can do it!
    3320 days ago
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