Pre-Race Jitters

Fully charged Garmin Forerunner? Check. New running shoes broken in this week? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Spunky new running skirt? Check! Confidence? Confidence? Uh…hello? Where are you, Confidence? Must be sleeping…

Tomorrow is the Mighty Melody Miracle Marathon/10K/5K/Fun Run – my first race since January. As always, I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself to do well. That word “well” means different things at different times. Back in January when my husband and I ran the Children’s TLC Groundhog run together, running “well” was getting under 34:00, which I did. Now, doing “well” means making it through this race with no pain. Running spectacular would be actually running the race and not taking any walking breaks. I’m not sure that’s going to happen. I’m okay with that; I know it takes time to fully recover and gain endurance again, yet I think it would kick so much ass if I could go all Rocky Balboa on that course. Wait…Rocky actually lost, right? Bad analogy. I digress…

What I am excited about is being back in action. The camaraderie among runners at events is infectious. Meeting other runners and talking shop, sharing injury stores, cheering each other on throughout the race….that’s why I run organized events. No one will pick you up and move you like a runner will.

I’m unsure about how the race will go for me. I don’t have a goal time. My only goal is to return to running as gracefully as possible and to remind myself of this: “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
-John Bingham

Are you running an event this weekend? Do you get pre-race jitters?

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