In just under 2 weeks I have the Walt Disney World Full Marathon. My first. AND I say this with confidence, ONE AND DONE. How am I feeling? Scared. I have been facing my Marathon Fears.
Has my training been 100% as planned. Nope. Am I proud of that nope.I have slowed down considerably and I will say after the Jeff Galloway Half, I had a spark of hope. I got to his race expo early and talked to him a bit. He is so kind. He suggested I cut my running intervals DOWN so I will be less tired at the end. He also gave me some tips on starting out slow so I don’t go out too fast.
Funny thing, after a couple months of self doubt, from my conversation with Jeff, I started readjusting my race strategy and decided I WILL finish. I decided like many friends have been telling me, I need to STOP saying “IF I finish”. I need to say WHEN I finish.
Only 0.5% of the population has finished a full marathon. Why I decided to join this group is beyond me, I haven’t liked the training AT.ALL. I am too slow and its too long to be out. I have had aches in strange places after and during my long training runs.I have experienced “the runners flu” after a run too. Many a thought of why am I doing this?
I got a new power of suggestion positive mantra from it all though:
I thought I was doing this race with my BRF, so it would be painful fun for both of us. She had to drop out. Of course I am not mad because life happens. Truthfully though, that was a total bummer because it meant I wouldn’t have her to help pass the miles, but there will be others and I do enjoy racing by myself too.
AND I will NOT be alone. I have many friends running and of course I have those purple Team In Training people too – they will be my savior I think. This is the first runDisney race my family will be at, that makes me so happy.
In my heart I will carry all those who supported my Leukemia Lymphoma Society Fundraiser where I raised over $2500 to help fund research and find a cure. Most heavily in my heart, 2 heroes:
- My cousin Maryann a Pediatric Leukemia Survivor
- Current pediatric patient I have never met but have been following – a Napoleon Dynamite fan named Mary Elizabeth.
Notice how my blog kind of stagnated lately? I am 2 fun race recaps behind, I seem to have lost focus on anything but finishing this marathon since November. I have been afraid and anxious. I have wondered how in the heck will I make it. When I signed up it was to challenge myself to something I said I never wanted or thought I could do. I had a little mishap with a Dansko clog this week and kind of twisted my ankle – not bad, but you know I am now super sensitive to every ache and pain. I know cardio wise I can handle the LONG day of this race, but am scared my feet will give out. I chickened out on the 20 miler in the rain this morning since my ankle was sore and well I had advised my coach and he told me OK to hold off a day.
I am hoping somehow on January 11th, I will become one of the 0.5 percent – I don’t care what it takes to cross the finish line. I am putting the above motto on the back of my shirt for the race. If you see me on the race course or at the finish, please cheer me on. I know it will not be easy.I don’t want to ride the bus to the finish , I have never had a Did Not Finish before. All I know, is I will do my best to #BeThePointFivePercent.
#IAmThatPoint5Percent. Its a thing.
Let me know of any rituals or things you do to calm your nerves before a big race.
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