Pre-race jitters

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

So, the Indy Mini Marathon is finally here. I did okay with my training. Just okay. I did all of my long-distance runs; could have done better with my shorter runs during the weeks. I fell off the diet bandwagon for an entire week, too. Thankfully I am back on track and just had a minor setback.

The weather is going to be in the 80s and there is a chance of rain, but that does not bother me too much. What bothers me is that I am worrying about the things that could happen making me unnecessarily anxious. For example:

What if I get a side cramp on mile two?
What if I twist my ankle during the run on the track?
What if I get a blister?
What if I pass out or puke?

What if? What if? What if?

I need to turn that around and think:

I can walk if I get a side cramp, and I will still finish.
I have done all that I can to prevent a sprain by getting the shoes I need, taking care of my body and training. So there is always next year if a sprain does happen.
I can get band-aids at first aid stations if blisters pop up.
If I pass out or puke, well, that is why there are medical people on hand, and it would not be the first time it happened during a race!

Being able to view five miles as a short distance is huge for me. I could hardly finish one mile without stopping to walk this time last year. I never, ever considered myself as a runner. No matter what happens this Saturday, I have really come a long way!
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    I think jitters are normal. Like you said, you've trained for this and you are ready. You'll do great! Don't forget to let us know how it goes!
    2543 days ago
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