So as you may or may not know I am running another half marathon in about 2 and a half hours! I am sitting here all wired up so I thought I would share with you some of my pre race jitters so to speak. I always have vivid dreams the night before, I guess my mind is always racing!
Last night was no different I had a dream that I got lost along the course! I was running and all of a sudden I was lost and then somehow I could not find my way back for a mile and then once I was back on track I noticed I was slower and I finished in over 2 hours. I crossed the line and it would not record because my chip was broken and the people there did not care. It sounds bizarre but again I always have these crazy dreams the night before LOL
I was actually fine all day yesterday surprisingly I was not nervous, I think it is because I kept busy! i went to the gym in the morning and did a light elliptical wokkout and some weight training for my upper body. Then I worked for a few hours and then I headed to DW park for my weekly meet up. My weight watchers leader Stacy and I jogged a 6K in about 45 minutes. I had peanut in tow in the stroller. I realized I need a jogging stroller if those will continue each week! But anyways, it was good then I came home and cooked dinner for my sister and family. I know you should rest before race day but I am not the type of person who can rest! When I do then my mind begins to stress.
Even know I sit here with my coffee and oatmeal and my stomach is churning. I do not feel hungry it is just in knots! I am forcing down this food like I did last time because I know my body needs it if it wants to finish 13.1 strong! So vivid dreams, knots in my stomach, and a sense of why am I doing this? I did it 3 weeks ago in the snow you would think I would not be nervous now! But honestly now I know how long it is!
So I was sitting there last night reshuffling the mp3 player to add some new tracks to it and repeating what tracks worked well for me during 'walls' I hit during the race last time. And I kept thinking about last time and how long and tiring it was, then I kept wondering why the heck I did it? Then I went back and looked at my video of me crossing the line and the look on my face, the arm in the air, the excitment, the accomplishment. And I packed up my bag and went to bed.
I know I will have a blast today, I promise to sing out loud when it gets tough lol it got me through last time. And for the first time today I have someone I know and adore running the race my friend Lauren! We have known each other since 3rd grade so I am excited to be racing with her! I will have fun despite all these pre race nerves and jitters and I plan to rock this half!