Friday, October 8, 2010

Racing nerves...

Oh, boy...tomorrow is the big race.  I'm getting nervous.  I keep reminding myself that this isn't even the marathon, but it doesn't take away the nerves. 

I managed to get out for a slow 2-mile jog this morning...just to get the juices flowing.  I stretched well, and am going to drink lots of water and try to relax today.  I can rest knowing I am well trained and ready to go, despite the nerves.  Nerves are good right? They build the adrenaline and help to push us forward on race day. 

The weekend weather is also reassuring.  Tomorrow is sunny with a high of 83*, my perfect running weather.  Not too cold, not terribly warm.  I am also reassured knowing I am running beautiful trails in a wonderful NC town.  Those 11 miles will fly right by!

Not only that, but I will have a wonderful support team at the finish line cheering me across.  I am traveling tonight with 9 other wonderful women, we will enjoy a carbo load at Macaroni Grill this evening and fun conversation around training, husbands, work, etc.

Nothing to be all nervous about, right?!

Here is me my first year at the finish line after my half-marathon at Triple Lakes Trail Run
I can't find photos from last year...I will have to look into that. 

One of the ladies running with us emailed me this quote today:

"Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust." -Jesse Owens, American track and field athlete and Olympic gold medal winner

That sums up the weekend.  Just good friends, friends that stick by you through all your running and training hardships.  It is true that running friends know more about you than probably your mother or your husband.  Somehow, it is just easier to share when you are out on the trails, or hitting the pavement! 

And this little wisdom piece I pulled out of the "Thoughts for the day" at the Y this morning:

"Champions aren't made in the gyms.  Champions are made from something they have deep inside them--a desire, a dream, a vision." -Muhammad Ali

And with that, I leave you.  See you on race day!

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