Thanks for all your encouragement about my pre-race jitters! I’m taking today and maybe tomorrow off, so I’m hoping that’ll make me feel a little fresher for Sunday. And if nothing else, the race starts at 6:15 AM, so I’m hoping it’ll be over before I’m really awake!
In an attempt to pump myself up a bit, I took to Pinterest for some inspiration–makes perfect sense to me! Here’s what I found:
I’ve run through all of these–some many more than others. I believe I’m currently in a fit of self-doubt, but that doesn’t mean I can’t run through it.
I stopped running for a long time because someone said I couldn’t. But when I decided I wanted to, it didn’t matter what anyone else has said or thought. I’ve believed that I could–and I can.
Even though most people think running is nuts–from the price of shoes, to the 10 milers “for fun”; from the aches and pains, to the early wake up calls; from the sweat and tears, to the small fortune in race fees–it’s mine. No matter what anyone thinks, what I get from running can never be taken from me.
After my last half, I did literally astonish myself. I think this just goes back to believing. Even when I was doing it, I didn’t believe it. But it’s there, it’s real. Whether I choose to believe it or not. And there’s a lot of power in that.
Rather than making pre-emptive excuses for Sunday’s race, I’m going to choose to be strong. Sure, there are a million excuses I can make, but at the end of the day, I have to answer this question with the only answer I can live with.