Today, I ran my last run before the Richmond Marathon on Saturday. A little over 3 miles sealed the deal for me. It’s crazy to me to think that the next time I lace up my shoes, I’ll be preparing to run 26.2 This has been such a long training cycle and I’ve learned so much about myself, about running and about perseverance. I once read somewhere that the hardest part isn’t finishing, it’s making it to the starting line. I think that’s true. So, this morning while I ran, I tried to take it all in and remember why I decided to take on this challenge and why I love running. I stopped to take a picture and then finished the last two miles of the run with one of my run group ladies and it was really nice.
I also tried to focus on my form and to just be cognizant of how I was running. I think that on Saturday, that will be my biggest challenge. When I get tired, my form gets sloppy and for me that means that feet barely move. If I can keep my form, then I know I can have a great race. I’m starting to get the pre-race butterfilies in my tummy, but I’m also feeling confident. I always feel nervous before races and I know this weekend won’t be any different. However, the knowledge that I’ve put in the work is very, very comforting!
When do you start getting nervous for race day?