It’s official. With 17 days to go, I have officially begun to freak out!!! What if I get hurt? What if I get sick? What if my hotel loses my reservation? What if I oversleep? What if I get major cramps during the race? What if there is a snowstorm? What if I can’t stop using the bathroom? What if all my training still isn’t enough? What if….what if…what if….
Here’s the thing. Pretty much throughout this whole thing, I haven’t asked for much advice. Hardly any, actually. Mostly because everyone has something different to say. But just because I didn’t ask…doesn’t mean people aren’t offering. And I am starting to feel like I am on information overload. Should I get the flu shot now or after the marathon? How much sleep should I be getting? What should I be eating each meal? How often should I eat? How long should my longest run be? How much taper time do I need? What should I wear? And on and on and on and on….
The truth is, I have all of those answers within me. I know what is best for me personally. I know my body. Every single person is different. With that said, all the things people say…it’s still in my head. Swimming around causing me anxiety. I don’t honestly know why I am freaking out so much. I have prepared for this- I am ready for this!
I guess what all that freak out is, is the taper madness everyone always talks about? It is crazy hard to keep all my emotions at bay! I have been thinking about a marathon for two years and now it is almost just two weeks away! I have my music ready, I have my clothes ready (three different options weather depending) and I feel good! I have some aches but I expect that- I am on my feet four nights a week in addition to all my running. My legs and feet are crying for a break. And thankfully, I am giving that to them just in time! R2 and I are heading to Vermont on Tuesday and staying through Sunday. Six whole days off from both jobs!!!! The whole trip is planned around rest and relaxation. We will be visiting his parents and luckily his mom has a treadmill. I’ll be able to get in all my runs and rest up for the big day- when I get back it’ll only be a week away! I also took off the two nights before my race so I can rest as much as possible and get a few good nights sleep in before race day. I have a feeling I won’t be sleeping much the night before!
It’ll be here before I know it!!!
I know quite a few bloggers are racing Philly- let me know if you’ll be there and I’ll keep an eye out! I am hoping to meet up with a few people at the expo 🙂