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!